Notable Composers and Guitar Composers of each Era

Last updated on 28th October, 2014

 

 

Medieval Era (500 – 1400)

 

Some composers from the medieval era

Hilegard von Bingen          (1098 – 1179)

- Moniot d’Arras                    (1225)

- Adam la Halle                      (1245 )

- Guillaume de Machaut      (1300 – 1377)

- Perotin                                  (1200 )

- Tylman Susato                     (1510 – 1570 or after)

 

 

 

Renaissance Era (1400 – 1600)

 

+ Early ancestors of the guitar in this period: The lute and The Vihuela

Some of the main composers of this period include:

- Thomas Tallis                                                    (1510-1585)

- Josquin Des Prez                                               (1440-1521)

- Pierre de La Rue                                               (1460-1518)

- Claudio Monteverdi                                         (1567-1643)

- William Byrd                                                      (1543-1623)

- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina                     (1526-1594)

- Orlando de Lassus                                            (1530-1594)

- Giovanni Gabrieli                                               (1553-1612)

 

For the lute and vihuela, some compositions and the main composers:

- El Maestro                                         by Luis de Milán                                   (1536)

- Los seys libros del Delphin               by Luis de Narváez                            (1538)

- Tres Libros de Música                       by Alonso Mudarra                             (1546)

- Silva de sirenas                                  by Enríquez de Valderrábano           (1547)

- Libro de música de Vihuela              by Diego Pisador                                 (1552)

- Orphénica Lyra                                  by Miguel de Fuenllana                       (1554)

- El Pamasso                                         by Estevan Daça                                   (1576)

 

 

 

Baroque Era (1600 – 1760)

 

+ Early ancestors of the guitar in this period: The lute and the Baroque Guitar

Some of the main composers of this era include:

- J.S. Bach                                            (1685 –1750)

- George Friedrich Händel               (1685 – 1759)

- Antonio Vivaldi                                 (1678 – 1741)

- Claudio Monteverdi                        (1567 – 1643)

 

For the Baroque guitar and lute, some of the main composers were:

- Francesco Corbetta                          (1615–1681)

- Gaspar Sanz                                       (1640–1710)

- Robert de Visée                                 (1655 - 1735)

- Ludovico Roncalli                              (1654-1713)

- Sylvius Leopold Weiss                      (1687-1750)

 

 

 

Classical Era (1730 – 1820)

 

Some of the main composers of this era include:

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart           (1756-1791)

- Antonio Salieri                                   (1750-1825)

- Christoph Willibald Gluck                (1714-1787)

- Muzio Clementi                                 (1752-1832)

- Luigi Boccherini                                 (1743-1805)

- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach              (1714-1788)

- Franz Joseph Haydn                          (1732-1809)

 

For guitar, some of the main composers of this era include:

- Dionisio Aguado                                (1784-1849)

- Luigi Boccherini                                 (1743-1805)

- Matteo Carcassi                                (1792-1853)

- Ferdinando Carulli                            (1770-1841)

- Anton Diabelli                                    (1781-1858)

- Fernando Ferandiere                        (1771-1816)

- Francois de Fossa                              (1775-1849)

- Antoine de Lhoyer                            (1768-1852)

- Wenzel Thomas Matiegka                (1773-1830)

- Francesco Molino                             (1768-1847)

- Pietro (Pierre) Porro                         (1750- 1831)

- Fernando Sor                                     (1778-1839)

 

 

 

Romantic Era (1820 – 1910)

 

Some of the main composers of this era include:

-  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky                  (1840–1893)

- Frédéric Chopin                                 (1810–1849)

- Carl Maria von Weber                      (1786–1826)

- Ludwig van Beethoven                     (1770–1827)

- Johannes Brahms                              (1833–1897)

- Isaac Albéniz                                      (1860–1909)

- Niccolò Paganini                                (1782–1840)

- Franz Liszt                                           (1811 – 1886)

- Richard Wagner                                 (1813 – 1883)

- Felix Mendelssohn – Bartholdy       (1809 – 1846)

 

For guitar, some of the main composers of this era include:

- Julián Arcas                                                       (1832-1882)

- Jose Broca                                                         (1805-1882)

- Napoléon Coste                                                (1806-1883)

- Mauro Giuliani                                                  (1781-1829)

- Francisco Tárrega                                             (1852-1909)

- Luigi Legnani                                                     (1790-1877)

- Antonio Gimeniz Manjon                                (1866-1919)

- Johann Kaspar Mertz                                       (1806-1856)

- Giulio Regondi                                                  (1822-1872)

- Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti                      (1800-1878)

Niccolò Paganini                                               (1782–1840)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography and References

All the information above was research not only from the listing of sites below, but in interviews, academic experiences (lectures, discussions, etc.).

http://www.wikipedia.org/

  • Although there has been a lot of controversy of the accuracy of the information on Wikipedia, my usage of this site has been very cautious, researched, followed through and also as a guideline.

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http://www.classicfm.com/discover/periods/renaissance/

http://www.themiddleages.net/life/composers.html

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