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john 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.

guillaume 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

johannes ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - 6 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 despréz

Approx. 1450 - 27 august 1521

He was one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance. He changed music from the sound of medieval compositions and developed the style which led to the great compositions of the 16th century Renaissance composers such as Adrian Willaert, Palestrina, Lassus and Byrd.

juan de enzina

12 july 1468 - Approx. 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.

clement 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 - 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.

claudin de sermisy

Approx. 1490 - 13 october 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.

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cristobal de morales

Approx. 1500 - Approx. september 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 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 cabezon

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.

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giovanni pierluigi da palestrina

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.

francisco guerrero

4 october 1528 - 8 november 1599

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

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tomas 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.


15 may 1567 - 29 november 1643

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