Music Time Line

Historical Events

The Fall Of Rome

476

Gutenberg invents Printing Press

1436

American Revolution

1750 - 1800

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Declaration of Independance

July 1774

WWI

July 28 1914 - November 11 1918

The Great Depression

09/04/1929 - 1938

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WW2

September 1 1939 - September 2 1945

Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream"

August 27, 1963

First men on the Moon

1969

9/11 Terrorist Attacks

2001

Ancient Music

Ancient Music Period

0 A.D. - 500 A.D.

Medieval Music

Medieval Music Period

500 - 1400

West standardizes the Gregorian Chant

700

“Knights, Your Salvation is Assured”

1145

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“Estampie real”

1200

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Renaissance Music

Renaissance Music Period

1400 - 1600

Missa Benedicta es by Palestrina

1570 - 1590

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John Dowland: "The Frog Galliard"

1600

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Praetorius: Terpsichore

1612

Baroque Music

Baroque Music Period

1600 - 1760

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

1607

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Phaëton

1683

Corelli: La Folia

1700

J.S. Bach: the Well-Tempered Clavier

1722

Watchet Auf

1731

Classical Music

Classical Music Period

1730 - 1820

Handel's Messiah

1742

Haydn: Symphony No. 45

1772

The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart

1786

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major

1805

Romantic Music

Romantic Music Period

1815 - 1910

Schubert: Erlkönig

1820

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

1824

Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

1830

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (1876)

1876

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5

1904

20th Century Music

US printing of Barbary Allen

1836

Ragtime

1890 - 1920

Vaudeville

1890 - 1950

Beginning of Blues

1900 - 1910

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20th Century Music Period

1901 - 2000

Beginning of Jazz

1910 - 1920

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

1913

Béla Bartók: Second String Quartet

1915

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Storyville Closes

1917

Beginning of Sweet (Orchestral) Jazz

1920

Beginning of Country Music

1920 - 1925

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“Grand Ole Opry” begins

1925

Minstrel Show's

1930 - 1960

Swing Era

1935 - 1946

Benny Goodman: “Sing, Sing, Sing”

1937

Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert

1938

The Ink Spots: “If I Didn’t Care”

1939

Doo Wop

Bebop

1940

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk
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Cool Jazz

1940

Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck
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Beginning of Rock 'n' Roll

1940 - 1950

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Beginning of Rhythm & Blues (R&B)

1940 - 1950

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Nat King Cole: "Route 66”

1946

Loesser's Guys and Dolls

1950

Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm: “Rocket 88”

1951

Bill Haley and His Comets: “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

1954

Elvis Presley: “That’s All Right”

1954

Ray Charles: "I've Got A Woman"

1954

Chuck Berry: “Roll Over Beethoven”

1956

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?"

1956

Bernstein and Sondheim: West Side Story

1957

Muddy Waters: “Got My Mojo Working”

1957

Miles Davis: “Summertime”

1958

John Coltrane: “Giant Steps”

1959

Dave Brubeck Quartet: “Take Five”

1959

Beginning of Heavy Metal

1960 - 1970

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Beginning of Reggae

1960 - 1965

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Bob Marley and The Wailers

1963 - 1981

Johnny Cash: "Ring of Fire"

1963

The Rolling Stones: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

1965

British invasion

1965

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James Brown: “I Got You (I Feel Good)”

1965

Frank and Nancy Sinatra release "Somethin' Stupid"

1967

The Beatles release "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

1967

Jimi Hendrix: Little Wing

1967

First Woodstock held

1969

Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

1992