Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Composers, including Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Orlande de Lassus, Jean de Brébeuf and Michael Praetorius.
Claudio MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi
15 May 1567, Italian
Composer
Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
03 February 1525, Italian
Composer

Francesca CacciniFrancesca Caccini
18 September 1587, Italian
Composer & Singer

Luca MarenzioLuca Marenzio
18 October 1553, Italian
Composer & Singer

Jacques ArcadeltJacques Arcadelt
1507 AD, French
Composer

Orlande de LassusOrlande de Lassus
1532 AD, Belgian
Composer
Orlando GibbonsOrlando Gibbons
25 December 1583, British
composer, organist

Gregorio AllegriGregorio Allegri
1582 AD, Italian
composer, priest, cantor, singer, cleric

Thomas MorleyThomas Morley
1557 AD, British
composer, organist, musicologist, music theorist
Michael PraetoriusMichael Praetorius
15 February 1571, German
composer, musicologist, music theorist

Girolamo FrescobaldiGirolamo Frescobaldi
13 September 1583, Italian
organist, composer, pianist
Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet, Writer

Jan Pieterszoon SweelinckJan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
30 April 1562, Dutch
composer, organist, teacher, musicologist

Giulio CacciniGiulio Caccini
08 October 1551, Italian
Composer, Musicologist, Singer, Music theorist,

Vincenzo GalileiVincenzo Galilei
03 April 1520, Italian
composer, musicologist, music theorist, luth

Thomas CampionThomas Campion
22 February 1567, British
poet, composer, music theorist, musicologist
Clément JanequinClément Janequin
1485 AD, French
Composer

Cristóbal de MoralesCristóbal de Morales
1500 AD, Spanish
Composer

Constantijn HuygensConstantijn Huygens
04 September 1596, Netherlands Antilles
Poet

Heinrich IsaacHeinrich Isaac
1450 AD, Belgian
Composer
Hans Leo HasslerHans Leo Hassler
26 October 1564, German
Composer

Jacobus GallusJacobus Gallus
03 July 1550, Slovenian, Ancient Roman
Composer
Juan del EncinaJuan del Encina
12 July 1468, Spanish
Composer

Antonio de CabezónAntonio de Cabezón
30 March 1510, Spanish
Composer

Gioseffo ZarlinoGioseffo Zarlino
31 January 1517, Italian
Composer
Thomas WeelkesThomas Weelkes
25 October 1576, British
organist, composer

Samuel ScheidtSamuel Scheidt
03 November 1587, German
Composer
Robert JonesRobert Jones
1577 AD, British
Composer

Alexander AgricolaAlexander Agricola
30 November 1445, Belgian
Composer

Adriano BanchieriAdriano Banchieri
03 September 1568, Italian
Composer
Luis de MilánLuis de Milán
1500 AD, Spanish
Composer

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Johann Hermann ScheinJohann Hermann Schein
20 January 1586, German
Composer
Jean MoutonJean Mouton
1459 AD, French
Composer

Johannes TinctorisJohannes Tinctoris
1435 AD, Belgian
Composer

Nicolas GombertNicolas Gombert
1495 AD, Belgian
Flemish composer

John WardJohn Ward
1590 AD, British
Composer
William CornyshWilliam Cornysh
1465 AD, British
Composer
Claude Le JeuneClaude Le Jeune
1528 AD, French
Composer

Philippe de MontePhilippe de Monte
1521 AD, Belgian
Composer

Thomas RavenscroftThomas Ravenscroft
1588 AD, British
Composer

Nicholas LanierNicholas Lanier
10 September 1588, British
Composer
Giaches de WertGiaches de Wert
1535 AD, French
Composer

Pietro della VallePietro della Valle
02 April 1586, Italian
Composer

Giles FarnabyGiles Farnaby
1563 AD, British
Composer

Claude GoudimelClaude Goudimel
1510 AD, French
Composer

John WilbyeJohn Wilbye
07 March 1574, British
Composer
Loyset CompèreLoyset Compère
1445 AD, French
Composer

Henry LawesHenry Lawes
05 December 1595, British
Songwriter
Orazio VecchiOrazio Vecchi
06 December 1550, Italian
Composer

Martin AgricolaMartin Agricola
06 January 1486, German, Polish
Composer

Alfonso Ferrabosco the youngerAlfonso Ferrabosco the younger
1575 AD, British
Composer
Robert FayrfaxRobert Fayrfax
23 April 1464, British
Composer

Ludwig SenflLudwig Senfl
1486 AD, Swiss, German
Composer
Thomas DeloneyThomas Deloney
1543 AD, British
Novelist

Bálint BakfarkBálint Bakfark
1507 AD, Hungarian
Musician

Alfonso Ferrabosco the elderAlfonso Ferrabosco the elder
18 January 1543, Italian
Composer

Vicente EspinelVicente Espinel
28 December 1550, Spanish
Writer

Alessandro GrandiAlessandro Grandi
1586 AD, Italian
Composer
Jean MolinetJean Molinet
1435 AD, French
Poet

Giovanni CroceGiovanni Croce
1557 AD, Italian
Composer

Jean TitelouzeJean Titelouze
1562 AD, French
Composer

Settimia CacciniSettimia Caccini
06 October 1591, Italian
Singer
Agostino AgazzariAgostino Agazzari
01 December 1578, Italian
Composer

Felice AnerioFelice Anerio
1560 AD, Italian
Composer
Johannes EccardJohannes Eccard
1553 AD, German
Composer

Marco da GaglianoMarco da Gagliano
01 May 1582, Italian
Composer

Richard FarrantRichard Farrant
1525 AD, British
English composer and theatrical producer
Giovanni Maria NaninoGiovanni Maria Nanino
1543 AD, Italian
Composer

Gregor AichingerGregor Aichinger
1565 AD, German
Composer
Lodovico ZacconiLodovico Zacconi
11 June 1555, Italian
Composer

Pierre de La RuePierre de La Rue
1452 AD, Belgian
Composer

Francis PilkingtonFrancis Pilkington
1565 AD, British
Composer
Giovanni AnimucciaGiovanni Animuccia
1520 AD, Italian
Composer

John BennetJohn Bennet
1575 AD, British
Composer
Francisco GuerreroFrancisco Guerrero
04 October 1528, Spanish
Composer

Sebastian KlonowicSebastian Klonowic
1545 AD, Polish
Poet

Lucas FernándezLucas Fernández
1474 AD, Spanish
Dramatist

John MundyJohn Mundy
1555 AD, British
Composer
William MundyWilliam Mundy
1529 AD, British
Composer
Robert CarverRobert Carver
1485 AD, Scottish
Scottish composer

Michael EastMichael East
1580 AD, British
Organist

Louis BourgeoisLouis Bourgeois
1510 AD, French
Composer

Don Carlo GesualdoDon Carlo Gesualdo
08 March 1566, Italian
 
Johannes CrügerJohannes Crüger
09 April 1598, German
Composer

Balthazar de BeaujoyeulxBalthazar de Beaujoyeulx
1535 AD, French, Italian
Violinist

Jacobus ClemensJacobus Clemens
1510 AD, Dutch
Composer

Emilio de' CavalieriEmilio de' Cavalieri
1550 AD, Italian
Composer

Giovanni de' BardiGiovanni de' Bardi
05 February 1534, Italian
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