Renaissance Composers


J. Dustable

Approx. 1390 - 24 of December of 1453

He 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.

G. Dufay

5 august 1397 - 27 november 1474

He 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.

J. Ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - 6 february 1497

He was the most famous composer of the Franco-Flemish School in the last half of the 15th century. In addition to being a renowned composer, he was also an honored singer, choirmaster, and teacher.

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Approx. 1440

J. Desprèz

Approx. 1450 - 27 august 1521

He was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance He was the most famous European composer and is usually considered to be the central figure of the Franco-Flemish School. He 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.

J. Enzina

12 july 1468 - Approx. 1530

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

C. Janequin

Approx. 1485 - Approx. 1558

He 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.

L. Senfl

Approx. 1486 - 2 december 1542

was a Swiss composer of the Renaissance. 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.

C. Sermisy

Approx. 1490 - 13 october 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.

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C. Morales

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1553

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

A. Amati

Approx. 1505 - 26 december 1577

He was a luthier, from Cremona, Italy. HE is credited with making the first instruments of the violin family that are in the form we use today.

A. Cabezón

30 March 1510 - 26 March 1566

He 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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G. Pierluigi de Palestrina

30 september 1525 - 2 february 1594

He 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.

L. Narváez

Approx. 1526 - Approx. 1549

He was a Spanish composer and vihuelist. He is also notable for being the earliest composer for vihuela to adapt the contemporary Italian style of lute music.

F. Guerrero

4 october 1528 - 8 november 1599

Of all the Spanish Renaissance composers, he was the one who lived and worked the most in Spain. Others spent large portions of their careers in Italy.

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T.L. Victoria

Approx. 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. He was not only a composer, but also an accomplished organist and singer as well as a Catholic priest.


15 May 1567 - 29 November 1643

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