Baroque Music: Quick Reference

September 29, 2008

Baroque period extends from approximately 1600 and 1750. This period began after the Renaissance and is followed by the Classical period. The term baroque means “misshapen pearl”, which began as a characterization of the “new” architecture. It was later was applied to the music as well.

The composers of the Baroque period include Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

With the baroque period came the development of functional tonality. Its composers and performers also used more elaborate musical ornamentation, further developed of musical notation and new instrumental playing techniques, and established opera as a musical genre.

 

Further Reading

Baroque Music – Wikipedia.org

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