Renaissance Composers

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John Dunstable

Approx. 1390 - 24 of December of 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

5 of August of 1397 - 27 of November of 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.

Johannes Ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - 6 of February of 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.Gutenberg

1440

Josquin Despréz

Approx. 1450 - 27 of August of 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. His motet Illibata Dei virgo nutrix includes an acrostic of his name, where he spelled it "Josquin des Prez".[2][3] He was the most famous European composer between Guillaume Dufay and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and is usually considered to be the central figure of the Franco-Flemish School. Josquin is widely considered by music scholars to be the first master of the high Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music that was emerging during his lifetime.

Juan del Enzina

12 of July of 1468 - Approx. 1529

Was a composer, poet and playwright,[2]:535 often called the founder, along with Gil Vicente, of Spanish drama.His name at birth was Juan de Fermoselle.

Clément 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.

Ludwig Senfl

Approx. 1486 - 10 of August of 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 - 13 of October of 1562

Was a French composer of the Renaissance.[1] 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

Cristobal de Morales

1500 - Approx. 7 of October of 1553

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

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.

Andrea Amati

Approx. 1505 - 26 of December of 1577

Andrea Amati 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.

Antonio de Cabezón

30 of March of 1510 - 26 of March of 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 Lutler s theses

1517

Palestrina

30 of September of 1521 - 2 of February of 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

4 of October of 1528 - 8 of November of 1599

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

Henry VII became Supreme Head of the Church in England

1531

Trento s Council

1545

Tomas Luis de Victoria

Approx. 1548 - 27 of August of 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 of May of 1567 - 29 of November of 1643

Monteverdi is considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods of music history.[3] 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.