1530s in music

1530s in music

Overview of the events of the 1530s in music

The decade of the 1530s in music (years 1530–1539) involved some significant events, publications, compositions, births, and deaths.

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  • 1532: Thomas Tallis takes his first known musical appointment, as organist at Dover Priory.[1]
  • 1533: Claudin de Sermisy appointed a canon at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris
  • 1534: Nicolas Gombert appointed a canon of Notre-Dame in Tournai
  • 1535: Cristobal Morales joins the papal choir at St Peter's basilica, Rome
  • 1536: Pierre Certon appointed Master of the Choristers at Sainte Chapelle in Paris.
  • 1538: Tallis moves from Dover to Waltham Abbey.
  • Thomas Appleby appointed organist and choirmaster at Lincoln Cathedral
  • 1539: Joan Brudieu appointed maestro di capilla at la Seu d'Urgell Cathedral in Catalonia, a position he held until his death (bar a couple of gaps) until his death in 1591.



  • Madrigali de diversi musici: libro primo de la Serena (Rome: Valerio Dorico). The first book of madrigals to be identified by that name. The majority of pieces are by Philippe Verdelot.


  • Carpentras
    • First book of masses (Avignon: Jean de Channay)
    • Lamentations for five voices (Avignon: Jean de Channay)
  • Hans GerleMusica Teusch (Nuremberg: Hieronymous Formschneider), an instructional book for playing and arranging for the viola, rebec, and lute
  • Sebald HeydenDe arte canendi: Rudimenta,[2] first installment of an important treatise on singing


  • Hans Gerle - 2nd collection of lute music Tabulatur auff die Laudten published in Nuremberg. It included arrangements of pieces by Jean Mouton, Josquin and Jacob Obrecht
  • Clement JanequinVingt et quatre chansons musicales...composes par maistre CL Janequin published by Pierre Attaignant in Paris
  • Philippe Verdelot – First book of madrigals for four voices, published by Ottaviano Scotto in Venice






  • Luis de NarváezLos seys libros del Delphin (Valladolid: Diego Hernandez), a large collection of lute music
  • Philippe VerdelotLe dotte, et eccellente compositioni...
  • Ein Hubsch new Gesangbuch, the first Protestant hymn-book, published in Ulm.


  • Jacques Arcadelt
    • First book of madrigals for four voices (Venice: Antonio Gardano), the most reprinted madrigal book of the sixteenth century
    • Second book of madrigals for four voices (Venice: Antonio Gardano)
    • Third book of madrigals for four voices (Venice: Girolamo Scotto)
    • Fourth book of madrigals for four voices (Venice: Antonio Gardano)
  • Noel Bauldeweyn – Missa da Pacem (Nuremberg: Ott, RISM 15392). Published under the name of Josquin des Prez.[3]
  • Jean Calvin – First edition of 'The Geneva Psalter'
  • Alfonso dalla Viola – First book of madrigals for four voices (Ferrara: Henrico De Campis & Antonio Hucher for Giovanni De Buglhat)
  • Georg Forster – First volume of his 'Fresh German Songs' published in Nuremberg
  • Nicolas Gombert
    • First book of motets for four voices (Venice: Girolamo Scotto)
    • First book of motets for five voices (Venice: Girolamo Scotto)
  • Paul Hofhaimer – collection of musical settings of the odes of Horace 'Harmoniae Poeticae', published in Nuremberg
  • Jacquet of Mantua
    • First book of motets for five voices (Venice: Girolamo Scotto)
    • First book of motets for four voices (Venice: Girolamo Scotto)
  • Pierre de Manchicourt – Book 14: 19 Motets for four voices (Paris: Pierre Attaingnant & Hubert Jullet), the last volume in Attaingnant's motet series and the only one dedicated to a single composer

Classical music


  • We-Liang-Hu composed music for a play by 14th-century poet Gao Ming.

Sacred music



  • Johannes Heugel – Consolamini, popule meus, for eight voices, probably the earliest German composition for double choir[4]
  • Costanzo FestaHyntni per totum annum[5]




  1. David Mason Greene (1985). Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers. Reproducing Piano Roll Fnd. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-385-14278-6.
  2. David Russell Williams; C. Matthew Balensuela (2007). Music Theory from Boethius to Zarlino: A Bibliography and Guide. Pendragon Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-57647-157-9.
  3. Missa da Pacem in IMSLP
  4. Wilfried Brennecke, "Heugel, Johannes", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London: Macmillan Publishers, 2001).
  5. Journal of the American Musicological Society. American Musicological Society. 1960. p. 112.
  6. David Mason Greene; Constance Green (1985). Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers. Reproducing Piano Roll Fnd. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-385-14278-6.
  7. Early Music Review. King's Music. 1998. p. 3.
  8. Musical Heritage Review. Paganiniana Publications, Incorporated. 1990. p. 12.
  9. Max Reinhart; James N. Hardin (1997). German Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, 1280–1580. Gale Research. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-7876-1068-5.
  10. Barrie Jones (1999). The Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of Music. Taylor & Francis. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-57958-178-7.
  11. Antonius Divitis (1 January 1993). Collected works. A-R Editions, Inc. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-89579-281-5.
  12. Friedrich Blume; Ludwig Finscher (2000). Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik (in German). Bärenreiter. p. 697. ISBN 978-3-7618-1114-6.
  13. Studien Zur Italienisch-deutschen Musikgeschichte (in German). A. Volk. 1967. p. 47.

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