Music History Timeline

Timeline created by EGraffius
In Music
  • Period:

    Medieval Period

  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    The hexachord system, four line staff, sharps and naturals, sight singing syllables
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    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    Laid the groundwork for modern notation, introduced a new note shape (minim), divided units into triple and duple
  • Period:

    Renaissance Period

  • 1485

    Josquin’s Ave Maria

  • 1529

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

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1560

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    Palestrina dedicated this to the pope. It demonstrated that sacred words could be intelligible in polyphonic music with 6 voices. Credited with saving polyphony
  • Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Gabrieli Sonata pian’e forte

    One of the first pieces in history to specify what instruments played what parts, also the first piece of music in history to designate dynamics.
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    Baroque Period

  • Monteverdi's L’Orfeo

  • First Public Concerts in England

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    Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Antonio Vivaldi's L’Estro Armonico

    The most influential publication of any music in the early 18th century. It launched the immense popularity of the Italian concerto throughout Europe.
  • Rameau's Traité de l’harmonie

    Most influential of all Theoretical Works. Codified practices of his contemporaries, especially Corelli. Became the basis for teaching functional harmony that is still used today.
  • Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier volume 1

    2 separate publications, each of which has 24 preludes and fugues in each major and minor keys.These demonstrate the possibilities for playing in all keys using an instrument tuned in near-equal temperament.
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    PreClassical Period

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    Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Handel's Messiah

  • Period: to

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    Viennese Classical Period

  • Period: to

    Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges as director of Concerts des Amateurs

    Financed by private funds. Premiered numerous new works, including unpublished music. One of the finest orchestras in Europe.
  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

  • Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise"