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Composers You Should Know: Medieval

Lists, facts, dates, links, and more, organized by time period

Notable Medieval Composers (500 - 1430)

If you wish to be generally familiar with classical music, here is a short list of composers you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Representative Pieces

Bingen, Hildegard von

1098

1179

German

Ordo Virtutum (liturgical drama)
Symphonia armoniae celestium revelationum (song cycle)

de Vitry, Philippe

1291

1361

French

Motets in Roman de Fauvel
Motets in Ars Nova (music theory book)

Dunstable, John

~1390

1453

English

Mass movements
Motets

Landini, Francesco

~1325

1397

Italian

147 ballate (in the Squarcialupi Codex)

Machaut, Guillaume de
 ML410 .G966

~1300

1377

French

Messe de Nostre Dame (mass)
Motets, Ballades, and Virelai

Medieval Composers (500 - 1430)

If you are a student of Music History or Composition, here is a more detailed list of composers you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Representative Pieces

Abelard, Peter

1079

1142

French

O quanta qualia (hymn)
Planctus Jacob super filios suos (hymn)

Adam de la Halle

~1237

1288

French

Le Jeu de Robin et Marion (musical play)

Binchois, Gilles

~1400

1460

French

Tristre plaisir et douleureuse joie (rondeau)

Bingen, Hildegard von

1098

1179

German

Ordo Virtutum (liturgical drama)
Symphonia armoniae celestium revelationum (song cycle)

de Vitry, Phillipe

1291

1361

French

Motets in Roman de Fauvel
Motets in Ars Nova (music theory book)

Dunstable, John

~1390

1453

English

Mass movements
Motets

Jacopo da Bologna

fl1340

1386?

Italian

Non al suo amante (madrigal)

Landini, Francesco

~1325

1397

Italian

147 ballate (in the Squarcialupi Codex)

Léonin

1135

1201

French

Magnus Liber (organum)

Machaut, Guillaume de
 ML410 .G966

~1300

1377

French

Messe de Nostre Dame (mass)
MotetsBallades, and Virelai

Pérotin

1160

1225

French

Viderunt omnes (organum)

Piero, Maestro

~1300

1350+

Italian

Cavalcando con un giovine accorto (madrigal)

Power, Leonel

~1370/85

1445

English

Ave regina coelorum (mass antiphon)
Mass (in the Old Hall Manuscript)

Tuotilo

~850

~915

Irish

an Easter drama

Vogelweide, Walther von der

~1170

~1230

German

Palästinalied (song)
Unter der Linden (song)

Yared

505

571 

Ethiopian

The Book of Zimare (liturgical chants)