Renaissance Composers



Approx. 1390 - 24th December 1453

Was a English composer who influenced the transition between late medieval and early Renaissance music. The influence of his sweet, sonorous music was recognized by his contemporaries on the Continent,

Guillaume Dufay

5th of August 1397 - 27th of 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

Johannes Ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - 6th of February 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.

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Josquin Desprèz

Approx. 1450 - 27th August 1521

Was a French-Flemish Renaissance composer considered the most famous European composer between Guillame Dufay and Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrine and the central figure of the Flemish musica school


12th July 1468 - 1529

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

Clément Janequin

Approx. 1485 - 1558

Was a French composer of chansons, famous for his program chansons, part-songs in which sounds of nature, of battles, and of the streets are imitated.

Ludwig Senfl

Approx. 1486 - Approx. 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.


Approx. 1490 - 13th October 1562

Was a French singer and composer who, with his contemporary Clément Janequin, was one of the leading composers of chansons (part-songs) in the early 16th century

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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.


Approx. 1500 - 1553

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

Andrea Amati

Approx. 1505 - 26th December 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

30th March 1510 - 26th 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.

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30th September 1525 - 2nd February 1594

was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition.[2] 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

4th October 1528 - 8th November 1599

Was a Spanish Catholic priest, and he was one of the great names of the Spanish religious music of the Renaissance and one of the greatest Spanish composers of all time

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Tomás Luis de Victoria

1548 - 27 August 1611

An Avila Catholic priest and a chapel master, a famous polyphonic composer of the Spanish Renaissance. He has been considered one of the most relevant and advanced composers of his time, with an innovative style that announced the imminent Baroque


15th May 1567 - 29th November 1643

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