History of Classical Music

Guillaume de Machaut

Medieval Period
From a Miniature, ca.1375 Machaut was the greatest 14th century composer, as well as France's leading poet. He was educated as a priest, but most of his music was written for the secular world. Machaut wrote many love songs, not too different from those of the trouveres in both their parties and their music.

Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame is a very well known work. This is a four part setting of the ordinary of the Mass, and it shows the new style of polyphony in the Middle Ages.

Sample Works:

MIDI Example Agnus Dei

Music by Machaut


Agnus Dei, sequenced by P. Drum
    from Classical MIDI Archives

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