The Renaissance

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In Music
  • 426

    Delphie Hymn to Apollo

    The oldest known transcribed melody in Greece
  • 991

    Guido of Arrezo

    Music Theorit; credited with creating a system of precise pitch notation through line and spaces on the staff. Advocated sight singing
  • 1098

    Hildagard von Bingen

    composer of First Morality play; known as Sybil of Rhine; witer, composer, theologian.
  • 1100

    Rhythmic Modes

    Made in the 12th century to help notate rhythm. Stopped in the 13th century
  • 1130

    Bernart de Ventadorn

    Famouos troubadour, most surviving music of 12th century
  • 1135


    Organum purum of Cathedral of Notre Dame
  • 1170

    Walther von der Vogelweide

    Poet and Minnesinger, worked in Viennese court. His contempories thought of him as the leading compser of his time
  • 1180


    Master of discant organum at the Catherdral of Notre Dame
  • 1212

    Comtessa Beatriz de Dia

    Famous female troubadour
  • 1213

    Moniot d'Arras

    Monk at Arras
  • 1245

    Adam de la Halle

    One of last trouveres. Wrote polphony
  • 1291

    Philippe de Vitry

    Known as "inventor of new art" French composer, poet, theorist and bishop.
  • 1300

    Guillaume de Machaut

    Leading composer and poet of Ars Nova
  • 1325

    Francesco Landini

    Known for his cadences; virtuoso organist. Blind in early age
  • 1390

    John Dunstaple

    Leading English composer. Created consonant 3rds and 6ths that were popular in Renaissance
  • 1397

    Guillaume Du Fay

    Franco-Flemish, first important Renaissance composer. Used older cadences
  • 1410

    Johannes Ockeghem

    Bass Singer, served 3 Kings, very respected, did not use much imitation
  • 1450

    Josquin des Prez

    Considered by Martin Luther to be the "best composer of our time"
  • 1450

    Heinrich Isaac

    Influenced German music. Court composer to Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in Vienna
  • 1452

    Pierre de la Rue

    Leading composer at the Burgundian
  • 1457

    Jacob Obrecht

    Made important contributions to large-scale forms and unity. Dutch
  • 1466

    Ottaviano Petrucci

    First music prnter and publisher, preserved Renaissance music for us today
  • 1483

    Martin Luther

    German Theologian
  • 1490

    Adrian Willaert

    Complex, continous polyphony, strong advocate of textual expression.
  • 1507

    Jaques Arcadelt

    Worked in Rome and in Paris. Famous for early madrigals
  • 1515

    Ci[riano de Rore

    Flemish, associated with Willaert
  • 1521

    Philippe de Monte

    One of the most prolific composers of the Renaissance. At Vienesse and Praque courts
  • 1525

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Became icon of Renaissance music for future generations, Romans style. Responded to the requests of the Council of Trent to reform Catholic Church music.
  • 1532

    Orlando di Lasso

    over 2000 compositions in all languages
  • 1534

    Count Giovanni Bardi

    Leader of Florentine Camerata in the late 1570-90s.
  • 1535

    Giaches de Wert

    Pupil to Rorel served the Dukes of Manuta and Parma
  • 1540

    William Byrd

    English; Catholic composer witing both Protestant and Catholic in England
  • 1567

    Claudio Monteverdi

    Ahead of his time. Took music to a new style
  • Period:

    Middle Ages / Medieval Period

    Music mostly in early church
  • Period:

    Ars Nova

    New Art in France. Isorhythm and hocket
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    The Trecento in Italy

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    Tranisition to Renaissance

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    Secular music became popular. Polyphony became primary texture. 1500s, early versions of homophony