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Late Baroque composers
September 17, 2017

Late Baroque composers

Baroque was first used to describe the style of European 17th and 18th century churches and public buildings and hence means ornate, bizarre, exuberant, extravagant. Baroque styles are many: early, middle and late Baroque, Italian, French, English and German Baroque. Plus also the individual style of the composers. Baroque period or baroque era 1600 - 1750…

pre Baroque composers
May 24, 2017

pre Baroque composers

Pre - 1600 A.D. We are lumping together Medieval and Renaissance music for expedience, since this repertoire is less frequently encountered in the concert hall and is generally considered a specialized taste. Most studies of Western art music begin with plainchant, the early music of the Catholic Church. Public interest in chant soared a few years back when the…

Composer in Baroque period
August 7, 2017

Composer in Baroque period

No other composer in the history of Western music quite compares to Johann Sebastian Bach. With the sole exception of opera, he mastered every existing genre of music and helped create several new ones, such as the keyboard concerto. It is no wonder that contemporaries held him in such high esteem. Soon after his death, however, he was all but forgotten, regarded…

Baroque german composers
July 23, 2017

Baroque german composers

Composers of the 17th and 18th century in German-speaking countries were open to the fascination of Italian and French models, and created a diverse and personal musical language. There came into being a buoyant, dense and tightly interwoven network, one often oriented towards Europe. To reduce the Baroque era in German-speaking countries to its most renowned…

Baroque Composition
August 10, 2017

Baroque Composition

What is “baroque, ” and when was the Baroque period? Derived from the Portuguese barroco, or “oddly shaped pearl, ” the term “baroque” has been widely used since the nineteenth century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750. Comparing some of music history’s greatest masterpieces to a misshapen pearl might seem strange to…

3 composers from the Baroque period
August 7, 2017

3 composers from the Baroque period

Italy Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643): A student of Marc’Antonio Ingegneri in Cremona, Claudio Monteverdi quickly established himself as one of the most significant composers of his time. In 1592 he was appointed suonatore di vivuola (viol and/or violin player) to Duke Vincenzo I of Mantua; his third book of madrigals, published in 1592, shows the strong influence…