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The Renaissance Period was a vibrant time when knowledge and fine arts flourished. Generally classified between 1400 and 1600, these two-hundred years mark an incredible transformation and advancement in music notation and composition. If it weren't for these Top 8 Renaissance composers, whose ground-shaking, mold-breaking musical ideas opened a flood gate of musical curiosity, the world of classical music we know today could be drastically different.

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March 12, 2007 at 7:35 pm
(1) Maggie Mangan says:

Hi, Aaron. Compared to its immediate predecessor, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance certainly was an age of enlightenment in many ways. However, the historical time generally known as “The Age of Enlightenment” or “The Enlightenment” is the Neoclassical Age, roughly correspondent to the eighteenth century.

Just a tiny quibble. I learned a lot about Renaissance composers from your fine article. Thanks.

March 14, 2007 at 12:59 pm
(2) James says:

You mention that the period lasted from 1400 to 1600–so why did you virtually ignore the fifteenth century? I hate to knock Pierre de la Rue off the list, but Guillaume Dufay is up there with Josquin in terms of both quality and historical significance. And many scholars classify Monteverdi as a Baroque composer, which I agree with since it’s his forward-looking works involving basso continuo and florid vocal ornamentation that really puts him on the map, not his earlier madrigals and cantus firmus masses. Taking him off the list would then make room for another Franco-Flemish master like Ockeghem, Brumel, Busnois or Obrecht. And where are are you supposed to put John Dowland? So I guess the real question is–why only 8?

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