RENAISSANCE COMPOSERS

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JOHN DUNSTABLE

Approx. 1390 - 24th December 1453

He was an English composer of polyphonic music of the Late Middle Ages - early Renaissance.

GUILLAUME DUFAY

5th August 1397 - 27th November 1474

Was a composer and musician Franco-Flemish of the first Renaissance. As a central figure in the Burgundian school, he is the most famous and influential composer of the European music scene of the middle of the fifteenth century.

JOHANNES OCKEGHEM

Approx. 1410 - 6th February 1497

Was the main composer of the second generation of the Franco-Flemish school and one of the most influential and respected musicians of his time (he served three kings of France).

INVENTION OF PRINTING BY J.GUTEMBERG

1440

JOSQUIN DESPRÈZ

Approx. 1450 - 27th August 1521

Was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, considered the most famous European composer between Guillaume Dufay and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and the central figure of the Flemish musical school.

JUAN DEL ENZINA

12th July 1468 - Approx. 1529

He dedicated himself to a poet, musician and playwright of the Spanish Prerrenacimiento during the time of the Catholic Monarchs. It belonged, along with Juan de Anchieta, among others, to the first period of the so-called Castilian polyphonic school, one of the most important in Spain, and which best represents the polyphonic evolution in this country. It reached great lyrical height in its glosses and villancicos.re everything to the vocal polyphony.

JANNEQUIN

Approx. 1485 - Approx. 1558

Was a French musician of the Renaissance. He is considered one of the most famous composers of the popular chanson of his time, along with Claudin de Sermisy, and was very important in the development of the chanson parisina, especially of programmatic type. Its fame, due to the great divulgation that had its work, was possible thanks to the development of the musical impression.

CLAUDIN DE SERMISY

Approx. 1490 - 13th October 1562

Was a French composer of the Renaissance.1 Along with Clément Janequin was one of the most famous composers of chansons popular in French in the early sixteenth century, he was also a noted composer of sacred music. His music influenced and was influenced by contemporary Italian styles.

CHRISTOPHER COLOMBUS DISCOVERED AMERICA

1492

LUIS DE NARVÁEZ

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1555

Was a Spanish composer and vihuelista.
It was mainly devoted to vocal polyphony.

DE MORALES

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1553

Spanish Catholic priest and chapel master being the principal representative of the Andalusian polyphonic school and one of the three greats, together with Tomás Luis de Victoria and Francisco Guerrero, of the Spanish polyphonic composition of the Renaissance. His music is vocal and sacred, with only a few exceptions. He is undoubtedly the best Spanish composer of the whole first half of the sixteenth century and his fame, which spread immediately through Europe, survived during the following centuries.

LUDWIG SENFI

Approx. 1505 - Approx. 1577

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.

ANDREA AMATI

Approx. 1505 - Approx. 1577

CABEZÓN

Approx. 1510 - 26th May 1566

Was an organist, harpist and Spanish composer of the Renaissance.

PUBLICATION OF MARTHIN LUTHER´S THESES

1517

PALESTRINA

30th September 1525 - 2nd February 1594

A Renaissance Italian composer of Catholic religious music, renowned for his polyphonic compositions.

FRANCISCO GUERRERO

4th October 1528 - 8th November 1599

A Spanish Catholic priest and a chapel master who along with Tomás Luis de Victoria and Cristóbal de Morales is one of the great names of Spanish Renaissance music of the Renaissance and one of the greatest Spanish composers of all time.

HENRY VIII BECAME SUPREME HEAD OF THE CHURCH IN ENGLAND

1531

TRENTO´S COUNCIL

1545

DE VICTORIA

Approx. 1548 - 27th 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 announced by the imminent Baroque. Its influence goes until the 20th century, when it was taken as a model by the composers of Cecilianism.

MONTEVERDI

15th May 1567 - 29th November 1643

Was a composer, gambista and Italian singer. It marked the transition between the polyphonic and madrigalist tradition of the sixteenth century and the birth of opera and lyrical drama in the seventeenth century. He is the most important figure in the transition between the music of the Renaissance and the Baroque.