History of Classical Music
To print the story please do so via the link in the story toolbar. This timeline will take you through six different era's in Western Music. You will find popular characteristics, artists, and pieces from these periods.
Purpose - What is it for?
This is the first period where we can begin to be fairly certain as to how a great deal of the music which has survived actually sounded. The earliest written secular music dates from the 12th century troubadours in the form of virelais, estampies, ballades, etc. Gregorian chant and plainsong which are monodic i. Organum was, however, initially rather stifled by rigid rules governing melody and rhythm, which led ultimately to the so-called Ars Nova period of the 14th century, principally represented by the composers de Vitry, Machaut , and Landini.
Toggle navigation. Music Genres Timeline Timeline Description: The timeline below provides an overview of popular musical styles from the Baroque period through the modern world. The flowering of various musical styles since the early 20th century becomes clear, with a variety of different music options. The Baroque Period to The Baroque period is characterized by strict musical forms and highly ornamental works. Baroque music began in Europe around It continued until In broad terms, it is less complex and is primarily homophonic. The Romantic Period to Romantic music sought to express emotion, both negative and positive, through music. Orchestras became much larger during this period.