The Baroque Era of Music Essay

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The Baroque period of music lasted from approximately 1600 – 1750 AD. It falls into the Common Practice period and was the most predominant style of writing after the Renaissance period and before the Classical period (the Classical period uses many elements from the Baroque period). The word Baroque means highly decorated and essentially gives us an insight into what the music of the time was like. Many pieces in the Baroque style have three or four different parts which work together to produce a melodic melody which modulates to relative keys. The Baroque period developed from the Renaissance period. These two periods shared the same idea of counterpoint, yet Baroque music differed from that of the Renaissance period by having stronger …show more content…
A very commonly practiced stylistic characteristic of the Baroque period was ornamentation. Ornaments are musical flourishes and are used to dress up the music. Ornamentation was used commonly in ternary form (ABA) with the second A section using ornamentation in the melody. ‘Where’er You Walk’ by Handel is an example of this idea. To dress up the melody from section A, ornamentation was added by the singer (not written in the music) during the repeat. The main ornaments of the period include uppermordent, lowermordent, turn, inverted turn, trill, acciaccatura and appoggiatura which all have their different function but never the less add to the piece of music. A famous contrapuntal composition also used in the Baroque era was the Fugue. A Fugue consists of a melody that is then repeated up a 4th or 5th. An example of this is Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue in D minor’. Another characteristic which was commonly used in the Baroque period of music was the use of sequence. Modulation to other keys related to the original key was also very prominent in Baroque music. There were several composers of the era which contributed greatly to the development of music. Composers include Handel, Bach, Purcell, Corelli, Abinoni and Telemann. Instruments of the time were not as expansive as the range of instruments available today and also the instruments available were not as capable of things that they are today. Instruments of the era include violin,
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