Renaissance composers

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J.Dunstable

Approx. 1390 - 24 December 1453

Was an English composer of polyphonic music of the late medieval era and early Renaissance periods. He was one of the most famous composers active in the early 15th century, a near-contemporary of Leonel Power, and was widely influential, not only in England but on the continent, especially in the developing style of the Burgundian School.

Dufay

5 august 1397 - 27 november 1474

Was a Franco-Flemish composer of the early Renaissance. A central figure in the Burgundian School, he was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the leading composers in Europe in the mid-15th century.

J.Ockeghen

Approx. 1410 - 6 August 1497

Was the most famous composer of the Franco-Flemish School in the last half of the 15th century, and is often considered the most influential composer between Guillaume Dufay and Josquin des Prez. In addition to being a renowned composer, he was also an honored singer, choirmaster, and teacher

Invention of the Printing Press by J.Gutemberg

1440

Josquin Despréz

Approx. 1450 - 27 August 1521

Often referred to simply as Josquin, was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. His original name is sometimes given as Josquin Lebloitte and his later name is given under a wide variety of spellings in French, Italian, and Latin, including Iosquinus Pratensis and Iodocus a Prato.

Juan del Encina

12 July 1468 - Approx. 1530

Was a composer, poet and playwright, often called the founder, along with Gil Vicente, of Spanish drama. His name at birth was Juan de Fermoselle.

C.Janequin

Approx. 1485 - 1558

Was a French composer of the Renaissance. He was one of the most famous composers of popular chansons of the entire Renaissance, and along with Claudin de Sermisy, was hugely influential in the development of the Parisian chanson, especially the programmatic type. The wide spread of his fame was made possible by the concurrent development of music printing.

Ludwig Senfl

Approx. 1486 - Approx. 2 December 1542

Was a Swiss composer of the Renaissance, active in Germany. He was the most famous pupil of Heinrich Isaac, was music director to the court of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, and was an influential figure in the development of the Franco-Flemish polyphonic style in Germany.

Christopher Colombus discovered America

1492

Narváez

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1555

Was a Spanish composer and vihuelist. Highly regarded during his lifetime, Narváez is known today for Los seys libros del delphín, a collection of polyphonic music for the vihuela which includes the earliest known variation sets. He is also notable for being the earliest composer for vihuela to adapt the contemporary Italian style of lute music.

C.de Morales

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1553

Was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance. He is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria.

Andrea Amati

Approx. 1505 - 26 December 1577

Was a luthier, from Cremona, Italy.Amati is credited with making the first instruments of the violin family that are in the form we use today.

A. Cabezón

30 March 1510 - 26 March 1566

Was a Spanish Renaissance composer and organist. Blind from childhood, he quickly rose to prominence as a performer and was eventually employed by the royal family. He was among the most important composers of his time and the first major Iberian keyboard composer.

Publication of Marthin Luther´s theses

1517

G.P da Palestrina

30 September 1525 - 2 February 1594

Was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition.He had a lasting influence on the development of church music, and his work has often been seen as the culmination of Renaissance polyphony.

Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the church in England

1531

Trento's Council

1545

T.L de Victoria

Approx. 1548 - 27 August 1611

Was the most famous composer in 16th-century Spain, and was one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation, along with Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Orlando di Lasso. Victoria was not only a composer, but also an accomplished organist and singer as well as a Catholic priest. However, he preferred the life of a composer to that of a performer.

Monteverdi

15 May 1567 - 29 November 1643

Was founded in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner for a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers (1610) in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. A specialist Baroque ensemble, the Choir has become famous for its stylistic conviction and extensive repertoire, encompassing music from the Renaissance period to Classical music of the 20th century. They often appear with John Eliot Gardiner's orchestras, the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

F.Guerrero

1840 - 1910

Also known as Antonio Prida, was the first serial killer to be captured in Mexico. Guerrero killed approximately twenty female prostitutes in Mexico City between 1880 and 1888. He also killed one woman whose status as a prostitute has been inconsistently reported.

C.de Sermisy

29 January 1942

Is a French singer, actress, dancer and recording artist who was popular during the 1960s and 1970s.