Music during the Baroque period (1600-1750) can be identified by its usage of ornamentation, tonality, complexity of instrumental performance and the implementation of the canon and dance suite, and many musical phrases and concepts from the Baroque period are still used today in modern music. Author of Canon in the Baroque Era: Some Precedents for the "Musical Offering", found that “within the century and a half which encompasses the baroque era, canon, served as a means of primary
George Frideric Handel was born in Germany, but found his future in England as a composer. Stanley states that: “Handel was by training and temperament a composer… Like Mozart he possessed in the highest degree the supreme attributes of the musical dramatist” (105-106). The surprising thing is Handel was
When comparing Baroque era music to any modern day rock band, one most listen to the music with open ears. It is hard to identify the similarities of Baroque music and that of modern day rock. Although, the advances made in music during the Baroque era (1600-1750) are still noticeable in modern day rock. A perfect example of the noticeability of modern rock influenced by Baroque music can be heard in the Baroque music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s, “Brandenburg Concerto No 4 G major BWV 1049”(Classical Vault 2), and modern day rock band, This will destroy you combined instrumental music, “Three legged work horse and there are some” (TheRealConcertKing). Although both compositions show much difference, they are also very similar in the way the
George Frederick Handel was a baroque composer and was born in Halle, Germany in on February 23, 1685. He later died April 14, 1759 in London, England. His father did not want him to pursue his career in music. Handel’s father didn’t even allow him to own a musical instrument. But his mother helped and supported him. He practiced secret because of his mother’s support. He was later given the chance as a young boy to play the organ for the duke’s court in Weissenfels. In Weissenfels he met Frideric Wilhelm Zachow an organist and composer. Zachow was impressed with his ability and Handel became a pupil of his. Zachow taught him the organ, violin, oboe, and helped with composition. Handel began to compose music at the young age of 10. He composed
Music in the past has changed over time and has become more complex as each musical age has passed. Throughout history there have been several musical periods in which music has blossomed. One period in music where musical characteristics change is the Romantic period. In the romantic period new ideas of music came to light. Towards the end of the 18th century, the style of music began to change. In the Romantic period, “Romantic composers aimed for a store powerful expression of emotion, often revealing their innermost thoughts and feelings”(rpfuller). Here we can see that Romantic period musicians completely change their style compared to previous periods. During the Romantic period the music is more about raw emotion and passion. Musicians
This week we jumped into the Renaissance. The ground work for understanding the time period was set with the initial discussion about the influences of humanism, the Reformation, and the relative peace of the time. All of these aspects aided in allowing musicians and musical traditions mingle.
Baroque era created and composed the musical style of this period. Well-known composers of the Baroque period include Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, and many more. Vivaldi was well known across Europe for his masterful operas and concertos. He traditionally worked in the genre of opera seria. He was praised during the Baroque era for being the high point of Italian opera. Another great composer during this time was Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach composed skillful works that entailed harmonic organization, rhythms, and forms that shaped much of the Baroque period. His work bridges the gap between the Baroque period and the Classical period. Heavy melodies and the musical sound of this period gradually began to change
George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a baroque era composer, with an impressive repertoire of compositions. Handel didn’t grow up in a music rich environment, but in fact, he was forbidden by his father to touch any musical instrument, but found time when everyone else was asleep to play a clavichord he had smuggled to an upstairs room in the house. He grew up in Halle, Germany and at the age of 18, he traveled to Hamburg, and took a job as a violinist in the Hamburg Opera House. He supported himself by giving private lessons, and eventually published his first opera, Almira.
Born in 1685 to Georg and Dorothea Handel in Halle, Germany, George Frideric Handel showed a love for music at a very young age. His father, however, believed that being a musician was not an honorable, high-paying profession, and would not allow him to play any instruments. He wanted him to become a law student. With his mother’s help, George continued to practice without his father’s knowledge. He was a very talented keyboard player, and when he as 7, he performed before the duke and his court in Weissenfels. There, he met organist and composer Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, who invited George to become his student. George’s disapproving father died when George was 11, and he continued to learn music.
Baroque music paints an environment based on spiritual visions and glorifying hymns. Romantic music depicts poetry with every note and the mood set for tragedy and love stories. I did an experiment one day, when I attended high school as a sophomore, on which mood of music I liked better. I listened to both Romantic and Baroque music. The Baroque music created a cheerful environment that made me feel whimsical and free. My mood lightened up instantly, but my emotions did not get any deeper than surface feelings. I enjoyed the music but it created a hunger for a deeper type of music. When I listened to Romantic music I felt thrown into a different atmosphere. It made me feel intelligent and emotional. I could not stop listening to the poetic notes streaming from the different stringed instruments. I experienced the ability to feel all the emotions that the composer intended for me to experience. Tragic heartbreaks, depressing love stories, and extravagant
There were a lot of characteristics for Baroque music. Baroque comes from the Italian word barocco meaning bizarre, which describes all the different styles of the music. Out of all the characteristics, none of them can be singled out; the music has a methodical quality. Style features of the Late Baroque Music consisted of: Rhythm, dynamics, tone color, melody, ornamentation, texture, and musical form. All of the above presents somewhat of a contradiction.
George Frideric Handel was born in 1685 in Germany, therefore leading all his compositions to be part of the baroque era. In 1705 he made his debut as an opera composer with Almira. He produced several operas, most of which were composed for the first Royal Academy of music such as his opera Rodelinda. Rodelinda is an Italian opera seria which was first performed in London in 1725.
While both Bach and Handel are known as two of history's greatest composers, these two men had different lives. Despite the fact that they were both from Germany, born in the year of 1685, Bach and Handel worked with different genres of music you could say. Johann Sebastian Bach, commonly know as J. S. Bach, was self taught and was influenced by the likes of Vivaldi, Palestrina, and Pachelbel. Bach was also the product of a family of musicians. While George Frideric Handel worked under King George I. in London and composed for theater, Bach composed for the church while staying in Germany. In London, and with being connected to the King, Handel was able to excel not only in fame but in fortune, especially after straying from his fathers plan
It was not uncommon for Baroque music to be composed about a specific event or honor someone. Today’s music and baroque music differ in that sense. Even though there are some songs that honor somebody, I feel today’s music is all about love and the artist themself. The song American Pie by Don McLean honors the young artist Buddy Holly who died tragically. Pride In The Name Of Love by U2 was written to honor Martin Luther King Jr. I listen to a lot of worship music, which almost every song is written to Honor God or talks about the great sacrifice of Jesus. Writing songs that for events and to honor people really showed the character of Baroque composers. They were not caught up in love of themselves. I have such a greater appreciation for