The great Renaissance composers

 

Willaert or Ockeghem? Gesualdo or Galilei? 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 1400 and 1600 (renaissance era)

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 : Willaert (French-Flemish composer and founder of the Venetian School) or Ockeghem (Franco-Flemish composer) ? Dowland (English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer) or Praetorius (German composer, organist, and music theorist) ? 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 1400 and 1600 (renaissance era). And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers2020

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 1400-1600

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1400-1600 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. Dufay, Gabrieli, Palestrina, Marenzio, Tallis, Gabrieli, Obrecht...

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

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Antonio de <strong>Cabezón</strong> Antonio de CabezónThe great Renaissance composers
1510-1566 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Francesca <strong>Caccini</strong> Francesca CacciniThe great Renaissance composers
1587-1640 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Giulio <strong>Caccini</strong> Giulio CacciniThe great Renaissance composers
1551-1618 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Thomas <strong>Campion</strong> Thomas CampionThe great Renaissance composers
1567-1620 (Renaissance)
Composer

Vincenzo <strong>Capirola</strong> Vincenzo CapirolaThe great Renaissance composers
1474-1548 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Manuel <strong>Cardoso</strong> Manuel CardosoThe great Renaissance composers
1566-1650 (Renaissance)
Composer

António CarreiraThe great Renaissance composers
1525-1590 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Bellerofonte <strong>Castaldi</strong> Bellerofonte CastaldiThe great Renaissance composers
1580-1649 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Dario CastelloThe great Renaissance composers
1590-1658 (Baroque)
Composer

Maddalena <strong>Casulana</strong> Maddalena CasulanaThe great Renaissance composers
1544-1590 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Eustache Du du <strong>Caurroy</strong> Eustache Du du CaurroyThe great Renaissance composers
1549-1609 (Renaissance)
Composer

Emilio de' de <strong>Cavalieri</strong> Emilio de' de CavalieriThe great Renaissance composers
1550-1602 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Girolamo CavazzoniThe great Renaissance composers
1510-1565 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Pierre CertonThe great Renaissance composers
1515-1572 (Renaissance)
Composer

Johannes <strong>Ciconia</strong> Johannes CiconiaThe great Renaissance composers
1370-1412 (Medieval)
Composer

Complete works

Giovanni Paolo CimaThe great Renaissance composers
1570-1622 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Manuel Rodrigues CoelhoThe great Renaissance composers
1555-1635 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Loyset CompèreThe great Renaissance composers
1440-1518 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

John CooperThe great Renaissance composers
1570-1626 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Baude CordierThe great Renaissance composers
1364-1400 (Medieval)
Performer & Composer

Guillaume CosteleyThe great Renaissance composers
1531-1606 (Renaissance)
Composer

Pedro de CristoThe great Renaissance composers
1540-1618 (Renaissance)
Composer

Johann <strong>Crüger</strong> Johann CrügerThe great Renaissance composers
1598-1662 (Baroque)
Composer


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Andrea <strong>Gabrieli</strong> Andrea GabrieliThe great Renaissance composers
1533-1585 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Giovanni <strong>Gabrieli</strong> Giovanni GabrieliThe great Renaissance composers
1557-1612 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Marco da <strong>Gagliano</strong> Marco da GaglianoThe great Renaissance composers
1582-1643 (Baroque)
Conductor & Composer

Michelagnolo GalileiThe great Renaissance composers
1575-1631 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Vincenzo <strong>Galilei</strong> Vincenzo GalileiThe great Renaissance composers
1520-1591 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Jacobus <strong>Gallus</strong> Jacobus GallusThe great Renaissance composers
1550-1591 (Renaissance)
Composer

Giovanni Giacomo GastoldiThe great Renaissance composers
1555-1609 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Ennemond <strong>Gaultier</strong> Ennemond GaultierThe great Renaissance composers
1575-1651 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Claude GervaiseThe great Renaissance composers
1510-1558 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Carlo <strong>Gesualdo</strong> Carlo GesualdoThe great Renaissance composers
1566-1613 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Girolamo GiacobbiThe great Renaissance composers
1567-1629 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Orlando <strong>Gibbons</strong> Orlando GibbonsThe great Renaissance composers
1583-1625 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Nicolas GombertThe great Renaissance composers
1495-1560 (Renaissance)
Composer

Claude <strong>Goudimel</strong> Claude GoudimelThe great Renaissance composers
1505-1572 (Renaissance)
Composer

Alessandro <strong>Grandi</strong> Alessandro GrandiThe great Renaissance composers
1586-1630 (Renaissance)
Composer

Piotr of GrudziądzThe great Renaissance composers
1392-1480 (Renaissance)
Composer

Francisco GuerreroThe great Renaissance composers
1528-1599 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer


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Marc'Antonio IngegneriThe great Renaissance composers
1535-1592 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Heinrich <strong>Isaac</strong> Heinrich IsaacThe great Renaissance composers
1450-1517 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer


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Thomas LupoThe great Renaissance composers
1571-1627 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Luzzasco LuzzaschiThe great Renaissance composers
1545-1607 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer


M

Francesco ManelliThe great Renaissance composers
1594-1667 (Baroque)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Jacquet of MantuaThe great Renaissance composers
1483-1559 (Renaissance)
Composer

Abd al-Qadir MaraghiThe great Renaissance composers
1353-1435 (Medieval)
Performer & Composer

Luca <strong>Marenzio</strong> Luca MarenzioThe great Renaissance composers
1553-1599 (Renaissance)
Composer

Biagio MariniThe great Renaissance composers
1594-1663 (Baroque)
Composer

André MaugarsThe great Renaissance composers
1580-1640 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Ascanio MayoneThe great Renaissance composers
1570-1627 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Domenico MazzocchiThe great Renaissance composers
1592-1665 (Baroque)
Composer

Virgilio MazzocchiThe great Renaissance composers
1597-1646 (Baroque)
Conductor & Composer

Tarquinio MerulaThe great Renaissance composers
1595-1665 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Claudio <strong>Merulo</strong> Claudio MeruloThe great Renaissance composers
1533-1604 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

René MesangeauThe great Renaissance composers
1568-1638 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Luis de <strong>Milán</strong> Luis de MilánThe great Renaissance composers
1500-1561 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Francesco Canova da <strong>Milano</strong> Francesco Canova da MilanoThe great Renaissance composers
1497-1543 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Philippe de <strong>Monte</strong> Philippe de MonteThe great Renaissance composers
1521-1603 (Renaissance)
Conductor & Composer

Claudio <strong>Monteverdi</strong> Claudio MonteverdiThe great Renaissance composers
1567-1643 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Thomas <strong>Morley</strong> Thomas MorleyThe great Renaissance composers
1557-1602 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Étienne MouliniéThe great Renaissance composers
1599-1676 (Baroque)
Composer

Jean <strong>Mouton</strong> Jean MoutonThe great Renaissance composers
1459-1522 (Renaissance)
Composer

Alonso de MudarraThe great Renaissance composers
1510-1580 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann Daniel MyliusThe great Renaissance composers
1583-1642 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer


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Paolo <strong>Quagliati</strong> Paolo QuagliatiThe great Renaissance composers
1555-1628 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer


S

Hans <strong>Sachs</strong> Hans SachsThe great Renaissance composers
1494-1576 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Pierre SandrinThe great Renaissance composers
1490-1561 (Renaissance)
Composer

Heinrich ScheidemannThe great Renaissance composers
1596-1663 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Samuel <strong>Scheidt</strong> Samuel ScheidtThe great Renaissance composers
1587-1654 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Johann Hermann <strong>Schein</strong> Johann Hermann ScheinThe great Renaissance composers
1586-1630 (Renaissance)
Conductor & Composer

Arnolt SchlickThe great Renaissance composers
1460c-1525 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann <strong>Schop</strong> Johann SchopThe great Renaissance composers
1590-1667 (Baroque)
Composer

Heinrich <strong>Schütz</strong> Heinrich SchützThe great Renaissance composers
1585-1672 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Complete works

Ludwig <strong>Senfl</strong> Ludwig SenflThe great Renaissance composers
1486-1542 (Renaissance)
Conductor & Composer

Claudin de <strong>Sermisy</strong> Claudin de SermisyThe great Renaissance composers
1490-1562 (Renaissance)
Lyrical singer & Composer

John SheppardThe great Renaissance composers
1515-1558 (Renaissance)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Paul SiefertThe great Renaissance composers
1586-1666 (Baroque)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

SolageThe great Renaissance composers
1400c-1403 (Renaissance)
Composer

Antonio SquarcialupiThe great Renaissance composers
1416-1480 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann StadenThe great Renaissance composers
1581-1634 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Johann StobäusThe great Renaissance composers
1580-1646 (Baroque)
Performer & Composer

Tielman SusatoThe great Renaissance composers
1500-1570 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Jan Pieterszoon <strong>Sweelinck</strong> Jan Pieterszoon SweelinckThe great Renaissance composers
1562-1621 (Renaissance)
Performer & Composer

Tomasz SzadekThe great Renaissance composers
1550-1612 (Renaissance)
Composer

Wacław of SzamotułyThe great Renaissance composers
1520-1560 (Renaissance)
Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 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 6, Władysław Szpilman (1911-2000), 20th anniversary (Death),
on 7, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 15, Leopold von Auer (1845-1930), 90th anniversary (Death),
on 24, Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), 140th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 270th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

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

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Last update : 2020-06-01

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