Renaissance composers


John Dunstable

Approx. 1390 - December 24, 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.

Guillaume Dufay

August 5, 1397 - November 27, 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. Gutemberg

Approx. 1398 - February 3, 1468

Was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His introduction of mechanical movable type printing to Europe started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important invention of the second millennium, the seminal event which ushered in the modern period of human history.

Johannes Ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - February 6, 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

Josquin Despréz

Approx. 1450 - August 27, 1521

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

Christopher Columbus

Approx. 1451 - May 20, 1506

Was an Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer, and citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola initiated the European colonization of the New World.

Juan del Enzina

July 12, 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.

Marthin Luther's

November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546

Was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk[2] and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Clément 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. August 10, 1543

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.

Claudin de Sermisy

Approx. 1490 - October 13, 1562

Was a French composer of the Renaissance. 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

Henry VIII

June 28, 1491 - January 28, 1547

Was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was the first ever English King of Ireland, and continued the nominal claim by English monarchs to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second Tudor monarch, succeeding his father, Henry VII.

Luis de 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.

Cristobal de Morales

Approx. 1500 - Approx. October 7, 1553

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

Andrea Amati

1505 - December 26, 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. According to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota

Antonio de Cabezón

March 30, 1510 - March 26, 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.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

September 30, 1525 - February 2, 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

Francisco Guerrero

October 4, 1528 - November 8, 1599

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

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Approx. 1548 - August 27, 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

Trento's Council

Approx. 1563

Was one of the Roman Catholic Church's most important ecumenical councils.Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.Four hundred years later, when Pope John XXIII initiated preparations for the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), he affirmed the decrees it had issued: "What was, still is.''


May 15, 1567 - November 29, 1643

Was an Italian composer, gambist, singer, and Catholic priest