The Evolution of Music (P. 3/6, the Baroque Age).

The Baroque Age (1600 to 1750) was named after the arquitectural style of the time in Italy. This style was largely influential in France, also. & it also defined the periods art, fashion, & music.

The Baroque is popularly known for its dramatic effects created by curving, elaborate ornamentation, & the balance of disparate parts.

The Baroque Style is also defined by a lot of (sometimes overbearing) attention to detail, & the use of high end material like gold & precious stones, among others.

The Baroque marked a time of rebellion from what defined styles in the Renaissance. In the later years of the Baroque Age came the Rococo often associated or confused with the Baroque style.

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In Europe, it was popular for monarchs to employ composers for their courts. They were treated like servants who would play music when asked to.

The maestro Johann Sebastian Bach is an example of one of these “employees”.

However, music evolved radically & they created an entirely new style of music. The genre of Opera was the culmination of this magnificent period, in the early part of the 17th Century. It was created by composers in Florence, Italy.

Florence, Italy

The earliest masterpieces were done by Claudio Monteverdi. Another one of their prime composers was the Venetian, Antonio Vivaldi.

& lastly, the German-born composer George Frideric Handel.

Harpsichord music was also developed in this period.

The dances of the Baroque were made by the composers.

Vocal & choral music was still one of the main musical components of the time.

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