Back to Main Page

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.

NameBirthDeathNationalityRepresentative Pieces
Bingen, Hildegard von10981179GermanOrdo Virtutum (liturgical drama)
Symphonia armoniae celestium revelationum (song cycle)
de Vitry, Philippe12911361FrenchMotets in Roman de Fauvel
Motets in Ars Nova (music theory book)
Dunstable, John~13901453EnglishMass movements
Landini, Francesco~13251397Italian147 ballate (in the Squarcialupi Codex)
Machaut, Guillaume de
 ML410 .G966
~13001377FrenchMesse de Nostre Dame (mass)
MotetsBallades, and Virelai