Musical Era Timeline

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  • 1390

    Dunstable

    Dunstable
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era
    (1390 - 1453)
  • Aug 13, 1397

    DuFay

    DuFay
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era
    (1397 - 1474)
  • 1410

    Ockeghem

    Ockeghem
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era
    (1410- 1497)
  • Period: 1430 to

    Music Eras

  • Period: 1430 to

    The Renaissance Era

    The Renaissance Era was a boom in artistry and expression. Music written during this period was mostly choral or madrigal music. Renaissance music was big on modes. It was mostly four independently moving parts that wove together to create a full piece. Also most of it was religious, but that was expected from the time.
  • 1450

    Des Prez

    Des Prez
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era
    (1450 - 1521)
  • 1455

    The Wars of Roses

    Civil wars between rival noble England
  • 1485

    Janequin

    Janequin
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1485 - 1558)
  • Aug 3, 1492

    Columbus (The bastard)

    This bastard sailed west to Indies with funds from Queen Isabella. Fuck him. Pardon my French.
  • Jan 30, 1505

    Tallis

    Tallis
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1505 - 1585)
  • 1519

    Spanish Conquest of the Aztec

    Cortez set himself upon the Aztecs...
  • 1525

    Da Palestrina

    Da Palestrina
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1525 - 1594)
  • Sep 27, 1529

    Seige of Vienna

    The Ottoman Empire attempted to capture the city of Vienna, Austria.
  • 1530

    De Lassus

    De Lassus
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1530 - 1594)
  • 1540

    Byrd

    Byrd
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1540 - 1623)
  • 1548

    De Victoria

    De Victoria
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1548 - 1611)
  • Oct 8, 1551

    G. Caccini

    G. Caccini
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1551 - 1618)
  • 1554

    Gabrieli

    Gabrieli
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1554 -1612)
  • Aug 20, 1561

    Peri

    Peri
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1561- 1633)
  • Aug 20, 1561

    Peri

    Peri
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1561 - 1633)
  • Jan 2, 1563

    Dowland

    Dowland
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1563 - 1626)
  • Feb 15, 1564

    Galileo

    The birth of Galileo
  • May 9, 1567

    Monteverdi

    Monteverdi
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1567 - 1643)
  • 1582

    Allegri

    Allegri
    Popular Composer of the Renaissance Era (1582 - 1652)
  • F. Caccini

    F. Caccini
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1587 - c. 1641)
  • Period: to

    Baroque Era

    The Baroque Era usually dealt with the genres of opera, theater, ballet and more specific genres such as cantatas, oratorios, arias, sonatas, concertos, suites, overtures, and fugues. The Baroque Era is described for its rigidity on rhythm and introduction of bar lines. During this era, Baroque suites and orchestral suites were introduced.
  • Period: to

    Early Baroque

  • Jamestown Settlement in North America

  • Galileo Discovers Jupiter's Moons

  • King James bible published in England

  • Death of Shakespeare

  • Star of 30 Years War

  • Strozzi

    Strozzi
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1619 - 1677)
  • Pilgrims Arrive at Plymouth on Mayflower

  • Taj Mahal Starts to be Built in India

  • Period: to

    Middle Baroque

  • End of Ming Dynasty in China

  • Biber

    Biber
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1644 - 1704)
  • End of 30 Years War

  • Corelli

    Corelli
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1653 - 1713)
  • Purcell

    Purcell
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1659 - 1695)
  • Isaac Newton Experiments With Gravity

  • Great Plague in London Kills 75,000

  • de La Guere

    de La Guere
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (c. 1666 - 1729)
  • Couperin

    Couperin
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1668 - 1733)
  • Period: to

    Late Baroque

  • Telemann

    Telemann
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1681 - 1767)
  • Mouret

    Mouret
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1682 - 1783)
  • Handel

    Handel
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1685 - 1759)
  • Bach

    Bach
    Popular Composer of the Baroque Era (1685 - 1750)
  • French Settlers in Mississipi and Louisiana

  • Benjamin Franklin Born

  • Tea Introduced in American Colonies

  • France Founds New Orleans

  • Period: to

    Classical Era

    The classical era is defined by its symmetry and order, especially concerning melody and its inclusion of keeping that symmetry in music. Homophonic textures and strict rhythm and meters were big as well. Periodic phrase structure was invented and used commonly in this era. The Minuet, Rondo, and Scherzo were also popularized during this time, and compositions for string quartets were being made. Chamber music and symphonies were widely used genres among the big names.
  • George Washington

    Born February 2nd
  • Haydn

    Haydn
    Popular Composer of the Classical Era
    (1732-1809)
  • Paisiello

    Paisiello
    Popular Composer of the Classical Era
    (1740 - 1816)
  • Boccherini

    Boccherini
    Popular Composer of the Classical Era
    (1743 - 1805)
  • Salieri

    Salieri
    Popular Composer of the Classical Era AND the Romantic Era
    (1750 - 1825)
  • Encyclopedia

    First encyclopedia is published
  • M. A. Mozart

    M. A. Mozart
    Popular Composer of the Classical Era
    (1751 - 1829)
  • Mozart

    Mozart
    Popular (Understatement) Composer of the Classical Era
    (1756 - 1791)
  • Paradis

    Paradis
    Popular Composer of the Classical Era
    (1759 - 1824)
  • Industrial Revolution

    Began in England
  • Cherubini

    Cherubini
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1760 - 1842)
  • Stamp Act

    Britain taxes American Colonists
  • Boston Massacre

  • Beethoven

    Beethoven
    Popular Composer of the Classical Era and the Romantic Era
    (1770 - 1827)
  • Boston Tea Party

  • Decleration of Independence

    Signed and put into place
  • Invention of the Piano(forte)

    First patented version in London
  • Weber

    Weber
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1786 - 1826)
  • United States Constitution

    Signed and put into place
  • Bill of Rights

    Ratified and put into place
  • Rossini

    Rossini
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1792 - 1868)
  • Schubert

    Schubert
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1797 -1828)
  • Donizetti

    Donizetti
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1797 - 1848)
  • President John Adams

    John Adams moves into what will later be known as the White House
  • Thomas Jefferson Inaugerated

  • Bellini

    Bellini
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1801 - 1835)
  • Berlioz

    Berlioz
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1803 - 1869)
  • Lewis anc Clark Expedition Begins

  • Fa. Mendelssohn

    Fa. Mendelssohn
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1805 - 1847)
  • Abraham Lincoln is Born

  • Fe. Mendelsshon

    Fe. Mendelsshon
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1809 - 1847)
  • The Romantic Era Genres

    Heroic Operas
    Character Pieces
    Tone Poems
    New Orchestral Music: Symphonic Poem and Program Music
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Era

    During the Romantic Era, artists attempted to capture the feeling of longing in their works. Works were over-dramatized and depressing. Opera was popular, with dramatization off the charts, sonatas were distorted, and symphonies now came with programs. Minor keys were utilized and pieces were longer, more brass was used and phrasing was expanded. Supernatural topics and rejection of rules came into play. Big emotions were the biggest part of this era, feeling deeply about many things.
  • Chopin

    Chopin
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1810 - 1849)
  • Schumann

    Schumann
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1810 - 1856)
  • Lizst

    Lizst
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1811 - 1886)
  • Napoleon Retreats from Moscow

  • Wagner

    Wagner
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1813 - 1883)
  • Verdi

    Verdi
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1813 - 1901)
  • British Troops Burn Down D.C.

  • Napoleon Surrenders Battle of Waterloo

  • C. Schumann

    C. Schumann
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1819 - 1896)
  • Smetana

    Smetana
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1824 - 1884)
  • Strauss

    Strauss
    (1825-1899)
    Popular Post-Romantic Composer
  • Foster

    Foster
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1826 - 1864)
  • Brahms

    Brahms
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1833 - 1897)
  • Borodin

    Borodin
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1833 - 1887)
  • Balakirev

    Balakirev
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1837 - 1910)
  • Tchaikovsky

    Tchaikovsky
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1840 - 1893)
  • Dvorak

    Dvorak
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1841 - 1904)
  • Grieg

    Grieg
    Popular Composer of the Romantic Era
    (1843 - 1907)
  • Puccini

    Puccini
    (1858-1924)
    Popular Romantic AND Post-Romantic Composer
  • Mahler

    Mahler
    (1860-1911)
    Popular Romantic AND Post-Romantic Composer
  • Period: to

    Civil War

  • Sibelius

    Sibelius
    (1865-1957)
    Popular Romantic AND Post-Romantic Composer
  • Debussy

    Debussy
    (1878-1914)
    Popular Post-Romantic Composer
  • Vaughn Williams

    Vaughn Williams
    (1872 - 1958)
    Popular Post 1900's Composer
  • Schoenberg

    Schoenberg
    (1874-1951)
    Popular Post-Romantic Composer
    Popular Post 1900's Composer (Expressionist/Wide use of Atonality)
  • Ives

    Ives
    (1874 - 1954)
    Popular Post-Romanticism Composer (Experimental)
    Popular Post-1900's Composer (Modernism)
  • Bartok

    Bartok
    (1881-1945)
    Popular Post-Romantic Composer
  • Stravinsky

    Stravinsky
    (1882-1971)
    Popular Post-Romantic Composer
    Post-1900's Composer (Neoclassical/Serial Composer)
  • Statue of Liberty is Dedicated in New York Harbor

  • Boulanger

    Boulanger
    (1887 - 1979)
    Popular Post-1900's Era Composer
  • Period: to

    Post-Romantic Era

    Post-romanticism introduced blending of different musical genres, such as opera and symphony. Dissonance in certain composers’ works was still widely used. It was a time when religion was evoked through music, with rich stylizations of gruesome imagery. Addition of a bulkier orchestra, such as adding more strings and more woodwinds and horns was prominent.
  • Post Romanticism

    Commonly used genres of the Post-Romantic Era are opera and symphony.
  • Prokofiev

    Prokofiev
    (1891 - 1953)
    Popular Post 1900's Composer (Formalism)
  • First Modern Olympics

    Held in Athens, Greece
  • Copland

    Copland
    (1900 - 1990)
    Popular Post-1900's Composer (American)
  • Armstrong

    Armstrong
    (1901 - 1971)
    Popular Post-1900's Era Composer
  • Wright Bothers First Flight

  • First Motion Picture Theater Opened

    Called the Nickelodeon, which combines the name of the price to get in (Nickel) with ‘odeon’, the Greek word for theater.
  • Shostakovich

    Shostakovich
    (1906 - 1975)
    Popular Post-1900's Composer (Neoclassical/Polystylist)
  • Cage

    Cage
    (1912 - 1992)
    Popular Post 1990's Composer
  • Britten

    Britten
    (1913 - 1976)
    Popular Post-1900's Composer (Operatic and orchestral composer)
  • Fagan (Eleanora)

    Fagan (Eleanora)
    (Billie Holiday)
    (1915 - 1959)
    Popular Post-1900's Era Composer)
  • U.S. Enters WWI

    April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
  • Fitzgerald

    Fitzgerald
    (Ella Fitzgerald)
    (1917 - 1996)
    Popular Post 1900's Composer
  • Bernstein

    Bernstein
    (1918 - 1990)
    Popular Post-1990's Era Composer
  • Invention: 12 Tone Method

    First developed by Josef Matthias Hauer, later adapted by Arnold Schoenberg
    The twelve tone method influenced both Post-Romanticism and Post-1900's eras of music.
  • Eighteenth Amendment

    (Prohibition)
  • Nineteenth Amendment

    (Women can vote)
  • Disney Studios Becomes Sentient

  • Boulez

    Boulez
    (1925 - 2016)
    Popular Post-1990's Era Composer
  • First Movie With Sound

    The Jazz Singer was the first movie with sound
  • Stock Market Crash

    (Start of Great Depression)
  • Period: to

    Post 1900's Era

    GENRES OF THE TIME PERIOD WERE MAINLY OPERAS, ORCHESTRAL, OR BALLETS AS WELL AS FEW SOLO/SMALLER ENSEMBLE COMPOSITIONS.
    Composers during the 1900's began to branch out and move away from tradition, unlike the previous eras. The music of the 1900's diverged from the tendency of each piece to sound 'similar' which was commin since the Baroque era. Impressionism, modernism and atonalism were prominent, as well as the introduction of jass and electronic music later in the 20th century.
  • Williams

    Williams
    (John Williams)
    (1932 - living)
    Popular Post-1900's Era Composer
  • Glass

    Glass
    (Phillip Glass)
    (1937 - living)
    Popular Post-1900's Era Composer
  • Hiroshima Bombed

    U.S. detonated a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima (and three days later, Nagasaki)
  • Vietnam War Begins

    (U.S. joined in 1965)
  • First Desegregated School in America

    First racially desegregated school in America, Central High School.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech"

    MLK stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his world famous speech fighting for Civil Rights.
  • President Kennedy Assassination

    Kennedy assassinated while in a motorcade.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
  • U.S. Landing on the Moon

    First crewed landing on the moon upon Apollo 11
  • First Email Sent

    First email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Started of the fall of communism in Eastern and Central Europe