Music of the Renaissance


Thomas Acquinas (born 1225, Italian)


The Development of Polyphony


John Dunstable (born 1390-English)


The Franco-Flemish (Dutch) School

Examples & Resources

The High Renaissance

Raphael's "Transfiguration" (left unfinished at his death in 1520)





Martin Luther (born 1483): Ninety-five Theses posted 1517



Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" (ca. 1510)

Michelangelo's "David" (ca. 1501)
Raphael's "School of Athens" (ca. 1510)

Vanishing-point perspective in Da Vinci's Last Supper
Further information on Renaissance perspective drawing here.

Interesting information about Galileo's rhythmic experiments here.


Principal Musical Figures/Composers of the High Renaissance

The Venetian School:



Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (born 1525)

John Dowland (born 1563)
The Viol (or Viola da Gamba)

Stile Reservata:
Orlando di Lasso
(de Lassus) (born 1532)
Carlo Gesualdo (Gesualdo da Venosa) (born 1566)

William Byrd (born 1540)

The Florentine Camerata (influential ca. 1580)
Count Giovanni de' Bardi, Giulio Caccini, Pietro Strozzi, and Vincenzo Galilei, Girolamo Mei.
The birth of Opera

Claudio Monteverdi (born 1567)
Homophony & the Transition to the Baroque Period

Examples & Resources