Music History Timeline

Timeline created by TheBassman
In Music
  • 500

    Medieval Period

    The Medieval period lasted from 500-1450CE
  • 800


    Charlemagne ruled from 800-814CE. 500-600 works were established during his time. Later turned out to be 3,000
  • 900

    Musica Enchiradis

    Musica Enchiradis is a set of rules for polyphony music
  • 1026

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus was a treatise about Medieval music in approximately 1026. The singing outlines his practice of Gregorian chant and talks about polyphonic music. He talks against perfect fifths and minor seconds but encouraged major seconds and perfect fourths
  • 1098

    Hildegard of Bingen

    Hildegard of Bingen lived from 1098-1179CE
  • 1100


    These were composers and performers from 1100-1350
  • 1163

    Notre Dame School Polyphony

    Notre Dame School Polyphony has only two confirmed composers. Leonin from 1163-1250 and Perotin from 1190-1225
  • 1280

    Franco of Cologne/Ars Cantus Mensurabilis

    Franco was a German Intellectual who travelled to Paris in 1280 to teach. He was responsible for creating note value length. He did this by introducing the breves and the semibreves, He also established consonant and dissonant intervals.
  • 1300

    Guillaume de Machaut

    Guillaume de Machaut was lived from 1300-1377. He went on to compose some of the oldest love songs such as Rose, liz
  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    In 1323, Ars Nova created a way to breakdown breves and semibreves by grouping them in categories of threes. He essentially created the first time signatures
  • 1325

    Francesco Landini

    Francesco Landini lived from 1325-1397. He was heavily influenced by treble dominant France. He would go on to compose many various love songs. He created Landini cadences
  • 1450


  • 1454

    Gutenburg Printing Press

  • 1515

    Josquin’s Missa Pangue Lingua

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1546

    Martin Luther's Ein feste burg

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

  • 1580

    Concerto delle Donne

    They were a group of female singers for the Renaissance court in Ferrara, Italy. They were founded in 1580 and were active until the court was dissolved in 1597
  • Sonata pian’e forte

    Sonata pian’e forte was composed by Giovanni Gabrieli. It was composed in Italy in 1597. It was the first piece to depict which instruments to use and what the dynamics are.
  • Baroque

  • Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

    It was composed in 1607 for the Duke of Mantua
  • First Public Concerts in England

    Concerts were now available to the public people as opposed to just the rich
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    He lived from 1685-1750. His death date marks the end of the Baroque era and he is now viewed as one of the most influential composers of all time
  • Handel

    Handel lived from 1685-1759. He was a revered as England's best composer at the time
  • Purcell's dido and Aeneas

    One of the only two sung operas that found success at the time
  • Antonio Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico

  • Brandenburg Concertos

    Bach wrote 6 concertos and submitted them to Brandenburg
  • Rameau's Traite de l'harmonie

    He essentially took many of his predecessors music theory studies and compiled them together in one work
  • The Well Tempered Clavier Volume 1

    This was a piece written by Bach for his students to be able to practice in all 24 keys
  • Handels' Messiah

    It premiered in Dublin Ireland in 1742 during Lent