Music History Time Line

  • Period: 400 to 1500

    Medieval Period

  • Period: Dec 25, 800 to Jul 28, 814

    Charlemagne's Rule

    He impressed upon the church that liturgy and music during the mass held great importance.
  • 906

    Musica Enchiriadis

    The first attempt at a set of written rules for polyphony in western music.
  • 1026

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    A guidebook for how to teach Gregorian chant. This has shaped music education even up till today.
  • Period: Jul 1, 1098 to Sep 17, 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • Period: 1160 to 1250

    Notre Dame School Polyphony

  • Period: 1170 to 1260


  • 1250

    Franco of Cologne/Ars Cantus Mensurabilis

    A text discussing music theory, specifically talking about the breve and semibreve.
  • Period: 1300 to


  • Period: Jul 1, 1300 to Apr 13, 1377

    Guillaume de Machaut

  • 1320

    Ars Nova Treatise

    A text discussing types of rhythmic notation.
  • Period: 1335 to 1397

    Francesco Landini

  • 1440

    Gutenberg Printing Press

  • 1515

    Josquin's Missa Pangue Lingua

  • 1529

    Matin Luther's Ein feste burg

  • 1539

    Arcadelt Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1562

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

  • Period: 1580 to

    Concerto delle Donne

    The concerto delle donne was a group of professional female singers in Ferrara, Italy
  • Sonata pian'e forte

    This piece was written by Giovanni Gabrieli. This was written to be used in a Catholic mass at St. Marks in Venice. This was both the earliest known music to call for specific instrumentation, and to use different dynamics.
  • Period: to


  • Monteverdi's L’Orfeo

  • First Public Concerts in England

  • Period: to


  • Period: to

    JS Bach

  • Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

  • Antonio Vivaldi's L’Estro Armonico

  • Brandenburg Concertos

  • Rameau's Traité de l’harmonie

  • The Well-Tempered Clavier volume 1

  • Period: to

    Pre-Classical Period

  • Period: to

    Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Handel's Messiah

  • Period: to

    WA Mozart

  • Period: to

    Viennese Classical Period

  • Period: to

    Chevalier de Saint-Georges as director of Concerts des Amateurs

  • Haydn's op.33 String Quartets

  • Period: to

    Haydn's London Symphonies

  • Mozart's Piano Concerto No.23

  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor

  • Schubert Erlkönig

  • Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin, op.1

  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

  • Period: to

    Frederic Chopin Mazurkas Op.7

  • Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Das Jahr

  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk Souvenir de Porto Rico