Renaissance

The Renaissance in music is said to have begun around the year 1400, and finished around 1600 with the coming of the Baroque period. The social and economical developments which changed literature and art at the time also affected music: the Reform, the invention of the press, the rise of humanistic though, the recovery of the Greek cultural heritage, and the dawn of scientific though, all played their part into the development of a new, relatively unified polyphonic style. The emergence of a bourgeois class meant an increased demand for trained musicians: the forms of the chanson, motet, and madrigal flourished, and academic music escaped from the exclusively religious sphere. New instruments were created, and academic and secular music started influencing each other. In this context, composers sought new ways of expression, experimenting with rhythm, harmony, form, and notation, and taking liberties with the texts. Near the late 1500s the system of church modes began to break down, establishing the foundations of what would later become functional tonality. Some of the most popular composers of the Renaissance are Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin des Prez, Giovani Pierluigi da Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, William Byrd, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Giovanni Gabrieli, Carlo Gesualdo, John Downland, and Michael Praetorius.

Composers

Achille Falcone Adhemar Decq Adrian Denss Adrian Le Roy Adrian Willaert Adriano Banchieri Adrianus Valerius Adrianus Petit Coclico Agostino Agazzari Agostino Agresta Aleksandr Arkhangelsky Alessandro Costantini Alessandro Demophon Alessandro Orologio Alexander Agricola Alexandre-Étienne Choron Alfonso Ferrabosco Jr. Alfonso Ferrabosco Sr. Alfonso Ferrari Alfonso Fontanelli Alonso Mudarra Andrea Antico Andrea Bianchi Andrea Falconieri Andrea Gabrieli Anne Boleyn Annibal Zoilo Annibale Zuccaro Anonymous Anthoine de Bertrand Anthony Holborne Antoine Bruhier Antoine Brumel Antoine Busnois Antoine de Févin Antoine Francisque Antonio Valente Antonio Brunelli Antonio Caprioli Antonio Cifra Antonio de Cabezón Antonio di Becchi Antonio Draghi Antonio Formica Antonio Lotti Antonio Zachara da Teramo Antonius Divitis Arnold von Bruck Arthur H. Bird Augustine Bassano Aurelio Bonelli Aurelio Virgiliano Baldassare Donato Bálint Bakfark Balthasar Fritsch Bartolomeo Brolo Bastiano Chilese Baude Cordier Benedictus Appenzeller Blasius Ammon Bon Voisin Boschetto Giovanni Bourgois Brewster Camille Saint-Saëns Camillo Zanotti Carl Czerny Carl Ferdinand Becker Carlo Caproli Carlo Filago Carlo Gesualdo Charles Bordes Charles Coleman Charles-Auguste de Bériot Chetwoode Christian Erbach Christoph Buel Christoph Demantius Cipriano de Rore Claude Goudimel Claudin de Sermisy Claudio Bramieri Claudio Casciolini Claudio Merulo Claudio Monteverdi Clement Woodcock Conrad Brumann Cornelis Verdonck Cornelius Blockland Cornelius Canis Cornelius Freundt Costanzo Antegnati Costanzo Festa Cristóbal Cortés Cristóbal de Morales Curtio Valcampi Daniel Bacheler David Aquinus David Wolder Decapella Diego Pisador Diomedes Cato Dirk Rafaelszoon Camphuysen Domenico Bianchini Domenico Brunetti Domenico Ferrabosco Dulos Couillart Edward Blankes Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach Elway Bevin Emanuel Adriaenssen Enríquez de Valderrábano Erasmus Widmann Esteban Daza Estêvão de Brito Estienne Du Tertre Eustache Du Caurroy Fabio Costantini Fabritio Caroso Felice Anerio Filippo Vitali Firminus Caron Florentio Maschera Floriano Arresti Floriano Canale Francesco Bendusi Francesco Bianchini Francesco Bianciardi Francesco Corteccia Francesco Vindella Francesco Viola Francisco Corrêa de Araujo Francisco Fernández Palero Francisco Guerrero Franciscus Bossinensis François Bourguignon François Dulot Franz Commer Fredericus Viaera Frougy Gabriel Voigtländer Gabriele Fattorini Gallus Dressler Gaspar Van Weerbeke Gaston Salvayre
Georg Forster Georg Vogelhuber George Whitefield Chadwick Gerald Melbourne Cooper Giacomo Carissimi Giacomo Filippo Biumi Giacomo Vincenti Giammateo Asola Giles Farnaby Gilet Velut Gilles Binchois Gioseffo Zarlino Gioseppe Caimo Giovanni Artusi Giovanni Bassano Giovanni Battista Bovicelli Giovanni Battista Chiodino Giovanni Battista Conforti Giovanni Battista Dalla Gostena Giovanni Battista Fasolo Giovanni Battista Fontana Giovanni Briccio Giovanni Cavaccio Giovanni Croce Giovanni De Antiquis Giovanni de Macque Giovanni Del Turco Giovanni Ferretti Giovanni Francesco Anerio Giovanni Francesco Capello Giovanni Gabrieli Giovanni Luca Conforti Giovanni Maria da Crema Giovanni Maria Verato Giovanni Martino Cesare Giovanni Palestrina Giovanni Paolo Cima Giovanni Pietro Biandrà Girolamo Valmarano Girolamo Belli Girolamo Casati Girolamo Cavazzoni Girolamo Dalla Casa Girolamo Diruta Girolamo Frescobaldi Giulio Caccini Giulio Cesare Barbetta Giulio Eremita Giulio Fiesco Gotthard Erythräus Gregor Aichinger Gregorio Allegri Guglielmo Ebreo Guillaume Bouzignac Guillaume Costeley Guillaume Dufay Hans Brachrogge Hans Buchner Hans Leo Hassler Heinrich Faber Heinrich Finck Heinrich Isaac Hernando de Cabezón Hieronymus Formschneider Hoste Da Reggia Hubert Waelrant Hugh Aston Illuminato Aiguino Ippolito Baccusi Ivo de Vento Jacob Arcadelt Jacob Obrecht Jacobus Vaet Jacobus Barbireau Jacobus Clemens non Papa Jacobus Vide Jacopo Da Bologna Jacques Buus Jacques Moderne Jacques Offenbach Jacquet de Berchem Jan Belle Jean Yssandon Jean Conseil Jean Courtois Jean Cuvelier Jean de Castro Jean Japart Jean Lhéritier Jean-Baptiste Besard Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin Jehan Chardavoine Jerome Bassano Jerónimo de Aliseda Joachim a Burck Joachim Decker Joan Baptista Comes Jobst vom Brandt Johann Crüger Johann Hermann Schein Johann Rudolf Ahle Johann Walter Johann Weinmann Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda Johann Woltz Johannes Aulen Johannes Brassart Johannes Eccard Johannes Eduard Franz Bölsche Johannes Verben Johannes Wannenmacher John Alexander Fuller-Maitland John Baldwin John Bartlet John Baxter John Bedyngham John Benet John Bennet John Blitheman John Bull John Carwarden John Cobb John Coperario John Danyel John Dowland John Dunstaple John Farmer John Jenkins John Ward John Wilbye José Ximénez Josquin Des prez Juan Bermudo Juan de Anchieta Juan del Encina Juan Esquivel Barahona Julien Belin Lambert Courtois Lelio Bertani Leonard Woodson Lodovico da Viadana Lorenzo Allegri Loys Bourgeois Loyset Compère Luca Bati
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