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DESCRIPTIONBaroque 1600-1750. What is Baroque?. The Baroque era is a period of music history, lasting from approximately 1600 to 1750. Why is Baroque important?. The Baroque era is really important for several reasons: It’s when ‘Major and Minor’ scales became used for the first time. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
What is Baroque?The Baroque era is a period of music history, lasting from approximately 1600 to 1750.
Why is Baroque important?The Baroque era is really important for several reasons:
Its when Major and Minor scales became used for the first time.
2.New instruments were invented such as the Violin and Harpsichord
Some really great music was written, by famous composers, and the pieces are still played today.
It saw big developments in the structure of music, such as the Concerto and the Fugue.
Vivaldi 1678-1741What was the Baroque era like?
The cultural centre of the world was Venice, Italy.Baroque fashion was to dress very fancy!
Baroque architecturewas very decorative.So what did Baroque music sound like?In a word... Fancy! Just like the style at the time, Baroque music is veryDECORATED and very ORNAMENTED.The melody is often decorated with TRILLS and other flourishes.Baroque music is CONTRAPUNTAL, having several melodies INTERWEAVING making it sound complex.
Dynamics changed very suddenly LOUD sections,Followed by QUIET sectionsThis was called STEP dynamics
What Baroque instruments should I listen for?Lots of strings!A HARPSICHORD looks like a keyboard, but the strings are plucked, making it sound more shimmery than a piano.A combination of a Bass instrumentand a Harpsichordis called a BASSO CONTINUO.They play the backing for a melody.
What would I not hear?PianoInvented around 1780ClarinetInvented during this timebut not very common
Who were the key composers?HandelBritishBachGerman
VivaldiItalianSummary of the Baroque EraHandelBach
Very fancy and decorative melodies, sudden changes in dynamics.
InstrumentsHarpsichordStrings, strings, and more strings!
Now go back to the VLE and listen to some examples of Baroque Music