Part III Study Guide Essay

1711 Words Jul 7th, 2015 7 Pages
Dates: 1600 -1750

1. What does “musical style” mean? Genre is the type of music. Style is how you sing it.

2. What was going historically during this era? What was life like? The Baroque was a period of absolute monarchs. The monarchs had total control over every aspect of their realms: the economy, the books, the style of art, and even life and death. Louis XIV became the model and he set the stage for many things going on during this period. In many parts of Europe, a strict social hierarchy, rigid laws, and elaborate codes of dress and manners characterized life. There were no major wars. There were knew technological developments that led to scientists and philosophers open up to new ideas and a new way of thinking rather
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In Baroque, chords become significant in themselves, due to the emphasis on the Bass Voice.

13. What voices or parts become more important? The entire structure of the Baroque piece rested on the Bass Voice. This new emphasis on chords and the Bass part results in the most characteristic feature of all Baroque music.

14. What is the basso continuo? What instruments play it? The name Basso Continuo refers both to the “Bass” line/part in music as well as the group of instruments that plays the “Bass” line/part. Two instruments always play the Basso Continuo:
Some type of instrument that plays chords such as a harpsichord, organ, or Baroque guitar.
Some type of low melody instrument such as a cello or bassoon.

15. What was a baroque orchestra like? As well as violins and woodwinds, the baroque orchestra contained continuo instruments such as the harpsichord and theorbo. The orchestra was generally small with a maximum of thirty people.
16. What family of instruments were the most important? The string family was the most important instrumental family in a Baroque orchestra.

17. What is a movement? Did baroque compositions often consist of multiple movements? A movement is a large, separate section of a musical work. Yes, barogue compositions often included multiple movements.

18. What is the primary or most important way that the movements might contrast one another? Tempo

19. What is opera? What does it include? Where

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