Music History Timeline

  • 500

    Medieval Period Approximate Start

  • 1030

    Micrologus by Guido of Arezzo

    It was based on a Hexachord system with a 4-line staff
  • 1098

    Hildegard of Bingen is Born

  • 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen Dies

  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    Created time in music and replaced Ars Antiqua
  • 1450

    Medieval Period Approximate End

  • 1450

    Approximate Start of the Renaissance

  • 1485

    Josquin's Motet "Ave Maria..." is published

  • 1529

    Martin Luther's Chorale "Ein feste burg" is published

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal "Il bianco e dolce cigno" is published

  • 1567

    Palestrina's "Pope Marcellus Mass" is Published

    It demonstrated that sacred words could be intelligible in polyphonic music with 6 voices
  • Victoria's "Missa O magnum mysterium" is published

  • Gabrieli's "Sonata pian’e forte" is Published

    This was the first piece with specified dynamics and instrumentation
  • Approximate End of the Renaissance

  • Approximate Start of the Baroque Period

  • Monteverdi published "L'Orfeo"

  • First Public Concerts in England

  • JS Bach is Born

  • L’Estro Armonico is Published.

    This was published not under Vivaldi but by Etienne Roger. This piece was used as harmonic inspiration for future pieces.
  • Traité de l’harmonie is Published

    This piece became the basis for teaching functional harmony.
  • The Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 is published

    Used equal temperament to tune.
  • Period: to

    Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Messiah is Completed

  • Approximate End of the Baroque Period

  • JS Bach Dies

  • Period: to

    WA Mozart

  • Viennese Classical Period Begins

  • Period: to

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

    One of the best orchestras in Europe at the time.
  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

  • Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise" Premiers in London

  • Viennese Classical Period Ends