• Discover the history of the most beautiful
music and arts of all times – from the Middle
Ages to the Modern Era
• Enjoy the melodies and learn about the
• Appreciate the artist and their work of art.
The Middle Ages and the Renaissance
(Spiritually and Renewal)
[590 – 1543 ]
• Experience some of the most
spiritual music, contemplate
legendary troubadours and
minstrels, people and styles that
transport you to golden age when
religion and music were one.
• 590 – the papacy of Pope Gregory I, who wanted
to systematize plainsong. Begins; Gregorian chant
erroneously takes his name.
• 828 – construction begins on the Basilica of St.
Mark in Venice
• 1036 – Guido d’Arrezo writes Micrologus, creating
musical notation, based on musical staff.
• 1150 – around this time, polyphony flourishes in
• 1198 – Perotin composes the first musical work
for four voices, Viderunt.
• 1200 – The Legend of the Nibelungs appears in
Germany; Richard Wagner(Romantic Composer) uses
it six centuries later as the theme for his operas.
• 1260 – Construction ends on Chartes Cathedral, the
Greatest architectural work of the Middle ages.
• 1320 – The composer and the theorist Philippe de
Vitry publishes his musical treatise Ars Nova, which
expounds a new musical style.
• 1323 – an Academy of Troubadours is founded in the
Toulouse that still exist today.
• 1377 – Guillaume de Machaut, the most renowned
medieval composer dies.
• 1400 – Guillaume Dufay, whose music is a blend
of medieval and Renaissance, is born in France.
• 1450 – Instrumental music takes root in Europe.
• 1497 – Leonardo da Vinci finishes one of his
most famous paintings, The Last Supper.
• 1501 – Octtavio Petrucci invents music
• 1543 – William Byrd, one of the greatest
composers of the English Renaissance, is born
Pope Gregory I
(The Gregorian Chants)
• Plainsong – a
type of melody.
• Chants – is made
up of word spoken
The Basilica of St. Mark in Venice
Saint Mark's Basilica in the evening
Location Venice, Italy
Geographic coordinates 45.4345°N
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Patriarch of Venice
Year consecrated 8 October 1071
Ecclesiastical or organizational
Cathedral, Minor Basilica
Leadership Angelo Scola
Website Basilica di San Marco a Venezia
Architect(s) Domenico I Contarini
Architectural style Byzantine and Gothic
Length 76.50 metres (251.0 ft)
Width 62.50 metres (205.1 ft)
Dome height (outer) 43 metres (141 ft)
Dome height (inner) 28.15 metres (92.4 ft)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
was an Italian Renaissance composer
of sacred music and the best-known
16th-century representative of
the Roman School of musical
composition. He has had a lasting
influence on the development of
church music, and his work has often
been seen as the culmination of
Born: February 3, 1525, Palestrina, Italy
Died: February 2, 1594, Rome, Italy
Film music credits: Lunacy
Compositions: Missa Papae
Marcelli,Veni sponsa Christi
Reader’s Digest 700 Years of Classical Treasurses