Music History Timeline

  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo's "Micrologus"

    The innovation in this document is the four line staff, sight-singing syllables, relative, pitch, and accidentals.
  • 1098

    Hildegard of Bingen birth

  • 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen death

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    important innovation: invented the modern day notation and metered music
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin’s Motet: Ave Maria ... virgo serena

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg (A Mighty Fortress...)

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal "Il bianco e dolce cigno"

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    Showed that sacred words could still be heard in polyphonic music that consisted of 6 voices
  • 1572

    Victoria Missa "O magnum mysterium"

  • Gabrieli "Sonata pian’e forte"

    Was one of the first pieces that specified which specific instrument played each part and introduced dynamics