Renaissance Composers

Events

Guillaume Dufay

5 august 1397 - 27 november 1474

Was a composer and musician Franco-Flemish of the first Renaissance. As a central figure in the Burgundian school, he is the most famous and influential composer of the European music scene of the middle of the fifteenth century

johannes Ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - 6 february 1497

Was the main composer of the second generation of the Franco-Flemish school and one of the most influential and respected musicians of his time (he served three kings of France).

invention of the Printing Press by J.Gutemberg

1440

The printing press is a mechanical method designed to reproduce texts and images on paper, cloth or other materials. In its classic form, it consists in applying an ink, generally oily, on metallic pieces (types) to transfer it to paper by pressure. Although it began as a craft method, its implantation brought with it a cultural revolution.

Josquin Desprez

Approx. 1450 - 27 August 1521

Was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, considered the most famous European composer between Guillaume Dufay and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and the central figure of the Flemish musical school. He is also known as Josquin Desprez.

Henry VIII became Supreme Head of church in England

1491

Was king of England and lord of Ireland from the 22 of April of 1509 until his death. He was the second monarch of the house Tudor, heir of its father, Enrique VII. He married six times and exercised the most absolute power among all English monarchs. Among the most notable events of his reign are the break with the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the monarch as supreme head of the Church of England, the dissolution of the monasteries and the union of England and Wales.

Cristopher Columbus discovered America

1492

Christopher Columbus was a navigator, cartographer, admiral, viceroy and governor general of the West Indies at the service of the Crown of Castile. He is famous for having made the discovery of America, on October 12, 1492, when arriving at the island of Guanahani, currently in the Bahamas.

luis de naraváez

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1555

Publication of Marthin Luther´s theses

1517

G.P.d. Palestrina

30 september 1525 - 2 february 1594

Was an Italian Renaissance composer of Catholic religious music, renowned for his polyphonic compositions.

Trento´s Council

1545

Monteverdi

15 may 1567 - 29 november 1643

Was a composer, gambista and Italian singer. It marked the transition between the polyphonic and madrigalist tradition of the sixteenth century and the birth of opera and lyrical drama in the seventeenth century. He is the most important figure in the transition between the music of the Renaissance and the Baroque.