Music History Timeline

  • 500


    Ranging from 500 to 1450 CE. Also known as middle ages.
  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo's "Micrologus"

    An early polyphonic Gregorian chant dedicated to the bishop of Arezzo.
  • 1098

    Hildegard of Bingen

    Born in 1098 and died in 1179.
  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    The Ars Nova treatise consisted of some of the earliest rhythmic notation.
  • 1450


    Ranging from 1450 to 1600. Considered the "economic rebirth following the middle ages."
  • 1485

    Josquin's "Ave Maria...virgo serena"

    Written in 1485. Considered the "Mona lisa of Renaissance music."
  • 1529

    Martin Luther's Chorale "Ein feste burg"

    Translates to, "A mighty fortress is our God". Published by Martin Luther in 1529.
  • 1539

    Jaqcues Arcadelt's Madrigal "Il bianco e dolce cigno"

    Arcadelt's Madrigal published in 1539.
  • 1562

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    Estimated to be published in 1562. This Mass was particularly thick with harmony and block chords unlike his other works. It was dedicated to Pope Marcellus who died only 3 week into his reign.
  • Victoria's Missa O magnum mysterium

    Published in 1592. Based off the Motet "O Magnum Mysterium".
  • Gabrieli Sonata pian’e forte

    An instrumental composition consisting of the Cornetto and the Sackbut. Was written in Italy in 1597.