John Dunstable

Approx. 1390 - 24 december 1453

He was one of the most active composers of the first half of the 15th century, almost contemporary of Leonel Power, and had a great influence not only in England but also in the continent, contributing especially as musician of the School of Burgundy.

Guillaume Dufay

5 august 1397 - 27 november 1474

He was a composer and musical French Fleming of the first Renaissance. As central figure in the Burgundian school, he is the most famous and influential composer of the musical European scene of middle of the 15th century

Johannes Ockeghem

Approx. 1410 - 6 February 1497

He was the principal composer of the second generation of the school francoflamenca and one of the most influential and respected musicians of his epoch (it served three kings of France).

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Josquin Despréz

Approx. 1450 - 27 August 1521

He was a French 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 musical Flemish school. Also it is known as Josquin Desprez.

Juan de Enzina

12 July 1468 - Approx. 1529

He was a poet, musician and theatrical author of the Spanish Prerrenacimiento in the epoch of the Kings Católicos. It belonged, together with Juan de Anchieta between others, to the first epoch of the so called polyphonic Castilian school, one of the most important of Spain, and that better represents the polyphonic evolution in this country. It reached great lyric height in his annotations and Christmas carols.

Clément Janequin

Approx. 1485 - Approx. 1558

He was a French musician of the Renaissance. She is considered to be one of the most famous composers of the popular chanson of his epoch, together with Claudin de Sermisy, and it had a lot of importance in the development of the Parisian chanson, specially of programmatical type. His reputation, due to the great spreading that had his work, was possible thanks to the development of the musical impression.

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

He was a French composer of the Renacimiento.1 Together with Clément Janequin was one of the most famous composers of chansons popular in Frenchman at the beginning of the 16th century, in addition he was an out-standing composer of sacred music. His music influenced and met influenced by the contemporary Italian styles.

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Cristóbal de Morales

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1553

Catholic Spanish and main priest of chapel being principally representative of the school polifonista Andalusian and one of three big ones, together with Tomás Luis de Victoria and Francisco Guerrero, of the polyphonic Spanish composition of the Renaissance. His music is vocal and sacred, with only a couple of exceptions. He is, undoubtedly, the best Spanish composer of the whole first half of the 16th century and his reputation, which spread immediately over Europe, pervivió during the following centuries

Andrea Amati

Approx. 1505 - Approx. 1577

Andrea Amati was a luthier, from Cremona, Italy.[1][2] Amati is credited with making the first instruments of the violin family that are in the form we use today.[3] According to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota

Antonio de Cabezón

30 March 1510 - 26 March 1566

He remained a blind person of child, 1 adverse circumstance that did not prevent him from realizing a brilliant musical career. In Palencia probably it received García's educations of Baeza, organist of catedral.2 In 1526 was an organist of the musical chapel of the empress Isabel of Portugal, and in 1538 it entered to the service of the emperor Carlos I as organist of his Castilian chapel, 3 where he had to contact the singers of the Flemish Chapel of the emperor, and with them to know the works of Philippe Verdelot, Thomas Crecquillon, Clément Janequin, odd Clemens Pope and, especially, Josquin des Prés.

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

30 September 1525 - 2 February 1594

Italian Renaissance composer of religious catholic music, recognized by his polyphonic compositions.

Francisco Guerrero

4 October 1528 - 8 November 1599

Catholic Spanish and main priest of chapel who together with Tomás Luis de Victoria and Christopher of Mulberry trees is one of the big names of the sacred Spanish music of the Renaissance and one of the major Spanish composers of all the times.

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Tomás Luis de Victoria

Approx. 1548 - 27 August 1611

Catholic priest native of Avila and teacher of chapel, famous composer polifonista of the Spanish Renaissance. It has been considered to be one of the most relevant and advanced composers of his epoch, with an innovative style that announced the imminent Baroque. His influence comes up to the 20th century, when he was taken as a model by the composers of the Cecilianismo.


15 May 1567 - 29 November 1643

He was a composer, gambista and Italian singer. It marked the transition between the polyphonic tradition and madrigalista of the 16th century and the birth of the lyric drama and of the opera in the 17th century. It is the most important figure in the transition between the music of the Renaissance and of the Baroque.