The 16th-century classical music composers

 

Gesualdo or Morley? Galilei or Praetorius? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are thousands of composers. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English composer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Charles Gounod, a 19th century French composer, is more easily mentioned than the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, who is more recognized in the world.

Timeline of classical music composers, between 1500 and 1600

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Gesualdo (Italian prince, 1566–1613, known for his compositions and for killing his wife and her lover) or Morley (English composer, organist and editor) ? Marenzio (Italian composer) or Tallis (English composer) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular composers around the world, for those living or having lived between 1500 and 1600. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

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This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages , or eras : medieval music, renaissance, baroque music (Bach...), classical period (Mozart...), romantic music (Beethoven...), XXth (Stravinsky), or across continents (with ).

Top 10 classical musiccomposers for the years 1500-1600

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1500-1600 era? The works of these musician have shaped the history of classical music and lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 classical music composers, renowned artists from around the world:


Curious to know their most emblematic works? Just a click away to discover them.

The selections of musicians (classical music composers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more classical music composers. Gabrieli, Byrd, Willaert, Dowland, Monteverdi, Caccini, Hassler...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the years 1500-1600, widely recognized around the world:

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Antonio de <strong>Cabezón</strong> Antonio de CabezónThe 16th-century classical music composers
1510-1566 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Settimia CacciniThe 16th-century classical music composers
1591-1638 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Francesca <strong>Caccini</strong> Francesca CacciniThe 16th-century classical music composers
1587-1640 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Giulio <strong>Caccini</strong> Giulio CacciniThe 16th-century classical music composers
1551-1618 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Thomas <strong>Campion</strong> Thomas CampionThe 16th-century classical music composers
1567-1620 (Renaissance)
Composer

Vincenzo <strong>Capirola</strong> Vincenzo CapirolaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1474-1548 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Manuel <strong>Cardoso</strong> Manuel CardosoThe 16th-century classical music composers
1566-1650 (Renaissance)
Composer

António CarreiraThe 16th-century classical music composers
1525-1590 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Bellerofonte <strong>Castaldi</strong> Bellerofonte CastaldiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1580-1649 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Maddalena <strong>Casulana</strong> Maddalena CasulanaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1544-1590 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Eustache Du du <strong>Caurroy</strong> Eustache Du du CaurroyThe 16th-century classical music composers
1549-1609 (Renaissance)
Composer

Emilio de' de <strong>Cavalieri</strong> Emilio de' de CavalieriThe 16th-century classical music composers
1550-1602 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Girolamo CavazzoniThe 16th-century classical music composers
1510-1565 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Pierre CertonThe 16th-century classical music composers
1515-1572 (Renaissance)
Composer

Mikołaj z ChrzanowaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1485-1562 (Renaissance)
Composer

Giovanni Paolo CimaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1570-1622 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Manuel Rodrigues CoelhoThe 16th-century classical music composers
1555-1635 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Loyset CompèreThe 16th-century classical music composers
1440-1518 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

John CooperThe 16th-century classical music composers
1570-1626 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Guillaume CosteleyThe 16th-century classical music composers
1531-1606 (Renaissance)
Composer

Pedro de CristoThe 16th-century classical music composers
1540-1618 (Renaissance)
Composer

Johann <strong>Crüger</strong> Johann CrügerThe 16th-century classical music composers
1598-1662 (Baroque)
Composer


E

John Hilton the elderThe 16th-century classical music composers
1565-1609 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer


G

Andrea <strong>Gabrieli</strong> Andrea GabrieliThe 16th-century classical music composers
1533-1585 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Giovanni <strong>Gabrieli</strong> Giovanni GabrieliThe 16th-century classical music composers
1557-1612 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Marco da <strong>Gagliano</strong> Marco da GaglianoThe 16th-century classical music composers
1582-1643 (Baroque)
Conductor & Composer

Michelagnolo GalileiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1575-1631 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Vincenzo <strong>Galilei</strong> Vincenzo GalileiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1520-1591 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Jacobus <strong>Gallus</strong> Jacobus GallusThe 16th-century classical music composers
1550-1591 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Giovanni Giacomo GastoldiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1555-1609 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Ennemond <strong>Gaultier</strong> Ennemond GaultierThe 16th-century classical music composers
1575-1651 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Claude GervaiseThe 16th-century classical music composers
1510-1558 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Carlo <strong>Gesualdo</strong> Carlo GesualdoThe 16th-century classical music composers
1566-1613 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Girolamo GiacobbiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1567-1629 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Orlando <strong>Gibbons</strong> Orlando GibbonsThe 16th-century classical music composers
1583-1625 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Nicolas GombertThe 16th-century classical music composers
1495-1560 (Renaissance)
Composer

Claude <strong>Goudimel</strong> Claude GoudimelThe 16th-century classical music composers
1505-1572 (Renaissance)
Composer

Alessandro <strong>Grandi</strong> Alessandro GrandiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1586-1630 (Renaissance)
Composer

Francisco GuerreroThe 16th-century classical music composers
1528-1599 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Jean de GuyotThe 16th-century classical music composers
1512-1588 (Renaissance)
Composer


M

Francesco ManelliThe 16th-century classical music composers
1594-1667 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Jacquet of MantuaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1483-1559 (Renaissance)
Composer

Luca <strong>Marenzio</strong> Luca MarenzioThe 16th-century classical music composers
1553-1599 (Renaissance)
Composer

Biagio MariniThe 16th-century classical music composers
1594-1663 (Baroque)
Composer

André MaugarsThe 16th-century classical music composers
1580-1640 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Ascanio MayoneThe 16th-century classical music composers
1570-1627 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Domenico MazzocchiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1592-1665 (Baroque)
Composer

Virgilio MazzocchiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1597-1646 (Baroque)
Conductor & Composer

John MerbeckeThe 16th-century classical music composers
1505-1585 (Renaissance)
Composer

Tarquinio MerulaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1595-1665 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Claudio <strong>Merulo</strong> Claudio MeruloThe 16th-century classical music composers
1533-1604 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

René MesangeauThe 16th-century classical music composers
1568-1638 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Luis de <strong>Milán</strong> Luis de MilánThe 16th-century classical music composers
1500-1561 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Francesco Canova da <strong>Milano</strong> Francesco Canova da MilanoThe 16th-century classical music composers
1497-1543 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Philippe de <strong>Monte</strong> Philippe de MonteThe 16th-century classical music composers
1521-1603 (Renaissance)
Conductor & Composer

Claudio <strong>Monteverdi</strong> Claudio MonteverdiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1567-1643 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Thomas <strong>Morley</strong> Thomas MorleyThe 16th-century classical music composers
1557-1602 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Étienne MouliniéThe 16th-century classical music composers
1599-1676 (Baroque)
Composer

Jean <strong>Mouton</strong> Jean MoutonThe 16th-century classical music composers
1459-1522 (Renaissance)
Composer

Alonso de MudarraThe 16th-century classical music composers
1510-1580 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann Daniel MyliusThe 16th-century classical music composers
1583-1642 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer


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Juan Gutiérrez de PadillaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1590-1664 (Baroque)
Composer

Giovanni da <strong>Palestrina</strong> Giovanni da PalestrinaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1525c-1594 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Complete works

Jacob Clemens non <strong>Papa</strong> Jacob Clemens non PapaThe 16th-century classical music composers
1510-1555 (Renaissance)
Composer

Robert ParsonsThe 16th-century classical music composers
1535-1572 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Pierre PassereauThe 16th-century classical music composers
1500c-1547 (Renaissance)
Composer

Martin PeersonThe 16th-century classical music composers
1572-1651 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Jacopo <strong>Peri</strong> Jacopo PeriThe 16th-century classical music composers
1561-1633 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Gregor PeschinThe 16th-century classical music composers
1500-1547 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Peter PhilipsThe 16th-century classical music composers
1561-1628 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Alessandro PiccininiThe 16th-century classical music composers
1566-1638 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Jakub PolakThe 16th-century classical music composers
1540-1605 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Jacob PraetoriusThe 16th-century classical music composers
1586-1651 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Michael <strong>Praetorius</strong> Michael PraetoriusThe 16th-century classical music composers
1571-1621 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Josquin des <strong>Prez</strong> Josquin des PrezThe 16th-century classical music composers
1450-1521 (Renaissance)
Composer

Complete works

Joan Pau PujolThe 16th-century classical music composers
1570-1626 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer


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Hans <strong>Sachs</strong> Hans SachsThe 16th-century classical music composers
1494-1576 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Pierre SandrinThe 16th-century classical music composers
1490-1561 (Renaissance)
Composer

Heinrich ScheidemannThe 16th-century classical music composers
1596-1663 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Samuel <strong>Scheidt</strong> Samuel ScheidtThe 16th-century classical music composers
1587-1654 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johann Hermann <strong>Schein</strong> Johann Hermann ScheinThe 16th-century classical music composers
1586-1630 (Renaissance)
Conductor & Composer

Arnolt SchlickThe 16th-century classical music composers
1460c-1525 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann <strong>Schop</strong> Johann SchopThe 16th-century classical music composers
1590-1667 (Baroque)
Composer

Heinrich <strong>Schütz</strong> Heinrich SchützThe 16th-century classical music composers
1585-1672 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Ludwig <strong>Senfl</strong> Ludwig SenflThe 16th-century classical music composers
1486-1542 (Renaissance)
Conductor & Composer

Claudin de <strong>Sermisy</strong> Claudin de SermisyThe 16th-century classical music composers
1490-1562 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

John SheppardThe 16th-century classical music composers
1515-1558 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Paul SiefertThe 16th-century classical music composers
1586-1666 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johann StadenThe 16th-century classical music composers
1581-1634 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann StobäusThe 16th-century classical music composers
1580-1646 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Piero StrozziThe 16th-century classical music composers
1550-1609 (Renaissance)
Composer

Tielman <strong>Susato</strong> Tielman SusatoThe 16th-century classical music composers
1500-1570 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Jan Pieterszoon <strong>Sweelinck</strong> Jan Pieterszoon SweelinckThe 16th-century classical music composers
1562-1621 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Tomasz SzadekThe 16th-century classical music composers
1550-1612 (Renaissance)
Composer

Wacław of SzamotułyThe 16th-century classical music composers
1520-1560 (Renaissance)
Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 30 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In September 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous composers:

on 14, Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842), 260th anniversary (Birth),
on 20, Gilles Binchois (1400-1460), 560th anniversary (Death),
on 23, Alexander Arutiunian (1920-2012), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Florent Schmitt (1870-1958), 150th anniversary (Birth),
on 30, Johan Svendsen (1840-1911), 180th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the August 2020 celebrations (40+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-08-01

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