Timeline Project

  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

  • Period: 1025 to 1028

    Guido of Arezzo’s formulation of the Solmization System

  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • 1320

    Ars Nova Treaise

    The new musical style of the Ars Nova was made possible by a set of innovations in notating rhythm, innovations that underlies the modern system of note values.
  • Period: 1400 to

    Renaissance Period

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein Feste Burg

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    Published in Palestrina’s Second Book of Masses in 1567. The legend is probably inaccurate and was embellished over time, Palestrina did note in his dedication to the collection that the masses it contained were written “in a new manner,” no doubt responding to the desire of some for greater clarity in presenting the text.
  • 1580

    Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Giovanni Gabrieli Sacrae Symphonie

    Gabrieli’s innovative instrumental works, both shaped by the rich musical environment of Venice. His Sacrae Symphoniae (Sacred Symphonies, 1597) resembles a double-chorus motet for two groups of four instruments, with organ accompaniment.
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    Baroque Period

  • Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

  • First Public Concerts in England

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    J.S. Bach

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico

    In Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico, the opening ritornello is composed in small units and was alternated between the orchestra and the soloist. The solo episode is characterized by virtuosic playing.
  • Rameau’s Traite de l’harmonie

    Traite de l’harmonie quickly won Rameau renown as a theorist. He recorded his methods in that work and by the late 18th century his concepts about music theory became the principal basis for teaching harmony.
  • Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier volume 1

    Both sets were designed to explore the possibilities of playing in all keys on an instrument tuned in near-equal temperament, then still novel for keyboards. Bach had pedagogical aims as well. The typical prelude assigns the player a specific technical task, so that the piece functions as an étude. he fugues constitute a compendium of contrapuntal writing, from two to five voices and from archaic procedures to more modern techniques.
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    Viennese Classical Period

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    Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Handel Messiah

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    Concerts des Amateurs

    The concert was funded by private funds and amateurs are music lovers, not professional musicians. They premiered new works.
  • Mozart Don Giovanni

  • Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 “Surprise”