Arts and Music
Composers who worked during the European Renaissance, which extended from roughly 1400 to 1600, depending on the region.
William Byrd (born 1543, died 1623)
- Composer of madrigals and church music
Claudio Monteverdi (born 1567, died 1643)
- Composer of operas, masses and madrigals
Orlando di Lasso (born 1532, died 1594)
- Composer of sacred music, madrigals, and chansons
Giovanni Palestrina (born 1525, died 1594)
- Composer of sacred music, including the Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass)
John Dowland (born 1563, died 1626)
English composer and lutenist.
- Wrote Songs of Ayres
Guillaume Du Fay (died 1474)
French composer of vocal works.
- The most famous composer in Europe in his day
Josquin des Pres (died 1521)
Flemish composer of both masses and secular works.
- Developed the technique known as pervading imitation
Adrian Willaert (died 1562)
Musician and composer.
- As maestro de cappella at St. Mark''s cathedral, he helped to make Venice a major musical center
Giovanni Gabrieli (born 1555, died 1612)
- One of the leaders of the Venetian School
Orlandus de Lassus (born 1532, died 1594)
- Composed over 1500 works
Jacopo Peri (born 1561, died 1633)
- Wrote the first opera, Dafne, in 1597
Hans Sachs (born 1494, died 1576)
Prolific German composer and poet.
- The subject of Wagner''s opera Der Meistersinger
Thomas Tallis (born 1515, died 1585)
English organist and composer.
- One of the first to write sacred music in English
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