Renaissance Composers

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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.

Ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - Approx. 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 PRINTING PRESS BY J,GUTEMBURG

1450

Josquin Des Prez

Approx. 1455 - Approx. 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

Encina

July 12, 1468 - Approx. 1530

was a composer, poet and playwright,535 often called the founder, along with Gil Vicente, of Spanish drama.[1] His name at birth was Juan de Fermoselle.

Janequin

Approx. 1485 - Approx. 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.

Senfl

Approx. 1486 - December 2, 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.

Sermesy

Approx. 1490 - 13 October 1562

Along with Clément Janequin he was one of the most renowned composers of French chansons in the early 16th century; in addition he was a significant composer of sacred music. His music was both influential on, and influenced by, contemporary Italian styles.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DISCOVERED AMERICA

1492

Narvaez

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1555

was a Spanish conquistador and soldier in the Americas. Born in Spain, he first embarked to Jamaica in 1510 as a soldier. He came to participate in the conquest of Cuba and led an expedition to Camagüey escorting Bartolomé de las Casas. Las Casas described him as exceedingly cruel towards the natives.

Morales

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 4 September 1553

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

Amati

Approx. 1505 - 26 December 1577

Credited with constructing the first musical instrument of the modern violin family

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 MARTHIM LUTHET´S THESES

1517

Pierluigi

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

Luis 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

Monteverdi is considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods of music history. While he worked extensively in the tradition of earlier Renaissance polyphony, such as in his madrigals, he also made great developments in form and melody and began employing the basso continuo technique, distinctive of the Baroque. Monteverdi wrote one of the earliest operas, L'Orfeo, which is the earliest surviving opera still regularly performed.

Guerrero

Approx. October 4, 1599 - November 8, 1599

was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance. He was born and died in Seville.