Renaissance composers


John Dunstable

1390 - 1453

John Dunstable 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

1397 - 1474

He was a Franco-Flemish composer of the early Renaissance.


1420 - 1495

He 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

Approx. 1440

Josquin Des Prez

1450 - 1521

Josquin, was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance.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 - 1529

He was a composer, poet and playwright,[ often called the founder, along with Gil Vicente, of Spanish drama.

Clèment Janequin

1485 - 1558

Clément Janequin (c. 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.


1486 - December 2, 1542

He 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

1490 - 1562

He 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.

Christopher Columbus discovered America

Approx. 1492

Luis de Narváez

1500 - 1555

He 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.

Cristóbal de Morales

1500 - 1553

Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – between 4 September and 7 October 1553) was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance. He is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria

Andrea Amati

1505 - 1577

Andrea Amati designed and created the violin, viola and cello known as the "violin family". He standardized the basic form, shape, size, materials and method of construction. Makers from nearby Brescia experimented, such as Gasparo da Salò, Micheli, Zanetto and Pellegrino but it was Andrea Amati in Cremona Italy, who gave the modern violin family their definitive profile.

Antonio de Cabezón

30 March 1510 - 26 March 1566

Antonio de Cabezón 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

Approx. 1517

Francisco de Guerrero

1528 - 1599

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

Henry VII became Supreme head of the church in England

Approx. 1531

Trento´s Council

Approx. 1545

Concilio de Trento

1545 - 1563

He was one of the Roman Catholic Church's most important ecumenical councils.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

1548 - 27 August 1611

He 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


1567 - 1643

He was an Italian composer, gambist, singer, and Catholic priest.
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.