Music History Timeline

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  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • 1026

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    This document was the first to have a written staff in order to be easier to read and perform, as well as to teach.
  • Sep 16, 1098

    Hildegard of Bingen birth

  • Sep 17, 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen death

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    This work laid the format of modern day music notation, using breves and semibreves.
  • Period: 1450 to


  • 1485

    Josquin's Ave Maria

  • 1529

    Martin Luther's Chorale - Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress)

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    This is a legendary work because it uses a very complex texture of the Renaissance with the heavy use of polyphony.
  • Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

    This piece is based on a motet of the same name that was made 20 years prior.
  • Gabrieli's Sonata pian e forte

    This is one of the first works to denote dynamics in the piece, as well as denoting the specific instrumentation of the piece. This piece was originally made in Venice in 1597.