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Page 1: Baroque Period 1600-1750. What is the Baroque period?  “Baroque” is a word used to describe a style of art from a certain period in history  This does

Baroque Period1600-1750

Page 2: Baroque Period 1600-1750. What is the Baroque period?  “Baroque” is a word used to describe a style of art from a certain period in history  This does

What is the Baroque period?

“Baroque” is a word used to describe a style of art from a certain period in history

This does not just mean music, but is a period of baroque architecture, literature and art.

This period was a very cultured period, with lavish arcitecture and art that displayed bright colours and elegance

As a result of the period, music reflected the mood of the times.

This was a time of musical change

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Baroque Style There was two contrasting groups used in Baroque

music.

Composers wrote concertos. Concertos were pieces of orchestra and a solo instrument

Sometimes it contrasted a group of soloists with the rest of the orchestra- this was to get two different sounds

Baroque music was often a melody with a bass line at the bottom- for example a singer and a cello

In this period composers did not bother to write out all the chords but just showed some of the chords by figures, which left room for the musician to decide which notes to play

This was a period of creativity in music as well as discovery

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Performing for Audiences During this period composers and musicians

did not perform just for wealthy people in their homes but began to perform in music halls.

As the traditional orchestra began to develop, musicians would put on shows, or concerts in large music halls.

Men traditionally composed and play instruments but women did join choirs

Baroque’s main objective was to hear the words clearly and understand the mood they were trying to promote

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was one of the most famous Baroque composers and organists

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Instruments Musicians used many different types of

instruments with various sounds

String instruments: lute, violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Brass instruments: trumpet, horn and sackbut were used.

Wind instruments: recorder, flute, oboe and bassoon.

Baroque keyboard music was often composed for the organ or harpsichord.