11 Facts About Baroque music


Baroque music refers to the period or dominant style of Western classical music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750.

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The Baroque music period is divided into three major phases: early, middle, and late.

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Key composers of the Baroque music era include, Claudio Monteverdi, Domenico Scarlatti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Arcangelo Corelli, Francois Couperin, Heinrich Schutz, Dieterich Buxtehude, and others.

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Baroque music concerts were typically accompanied by a basso continuo group while a group of bass instruments—viol, cello, double bass—played the bassline.

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The critic implied that the novelty in this opera was "du barocque", complaining that the Baroque music lacked coherent melody, was filled with unremitting dissonances, constantly changed key and meter, and speedily ran through every compositional device.

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Systematic application by historians of the term "baroque" to music of this period is a relatively recent development.

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Accordingly, they rejected their contemporaries' use of polyphony and instrumental Baroque music, and discussed such ancient Greek Baroque music devices as monody, which consisted of a solo singing accompanied by a kithara .

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Baroque music developed two individual styles of composition—the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque .

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Baroque music purchased patents from the monarchy to be the sole composer of operas for the French king and to prevent others from having operas staged.

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Baroque music completed 15 lyric tragedies and left unfinished Achille et Polyxene.

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Baroque music did introduce this ensemble to the lyric theatre, with the upper parts often doubled by recorders, flutes, and oboes, and the bass by bassoons.

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