Renaissance Composers


John Dunstable

Approx. 1390 - 1453

Was an English composer of polyphony music of the Late Middle Ages - early Renaissance.

Guillaume Dufay

5 August 1397 - 27 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 - 6 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).

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juan del enzina

12 july 1468 - 1529

Was a poet, musician and theatrical author of the Spanish Prerrenacimiento in 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 carols.

clement janequin

1485 - 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.

ludwig senfl

1486 - 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.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.

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cristobal de morales

1500 - 1553

Spanish Catholic priest and chapel master being the main 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.

luis de narváez

Approx. 1500 - Approx. 1555

Was a Spanish composer and vihuelista. His name is also written as Luys de Narvaez.

andrea amati

1505 - 26 december 1577

Established the shape of the modern violin. His two sons, Antonius (Cremona, 1540-1608) and Hieronymus (I) (Girolamo) (Cremona, 1561-1630), worked together and were known as the Amati brothers.

Antonio de Cabezón

30 March 1510 - 26 March 1566

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

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

1525 - 1594

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

francisco guerrero

4 october 1528 - 8 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.

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


15 may 1567 - 29 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.