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The History of Music: Baroque Music

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Music is found in every known culture and religion, past and present, varying widely between times and places. Since all people of the world, including the most isolated tribal groups, have a form of music, it may be concluded that music is likely to have been present in the ancestral population prior to the dispersal of humans around the world.

Baroque music refers to the music of Western Europe during the Baroque period, roughly from the early 17th to the mid-18th century. This period was marked by a strong emphasis on ornamentation, complexity, and emotional expression. Baroque music was characterized by elaborate and ornate musical styles, with composers often writing music to showcase their virtuosity and technical skill. The period saw the development of new forms such as the opera and the oratorio, as well as instrumental music such as the concerto and sonata. Prominent Baroque composers include Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi. The influence of Baroque music can be seen in later periods, particularly in the development of the classical style.

Music Lesson Plans: The History of Music (Baroque)


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