The Era Of The Baroque Era

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According to Greenberg (2009), the Baroque era is estimated to be the time period spanning from 1600 until 1750. The year of Sebastian Bach’s death, 1750 which is notably and associatively used as a timeline reference that ends this overly extravagant period of creativity. This timespan became an era of expressive exuberance of primal human emotions as secularization, the study of scientific reasoning and intellectual rationale characterized the societal environment. Religion no longer dominated and controlled the subject matter and stylization of artistic expression, yet it did not disappear, it merely stepped into the background. The Classical era is estimated to be the time period spanning from 1750 until 1827. Similarly 1827, the year of Beethoven’s death is used to mark the ending of another era. Within this timespan, society transitioned from overly ornate to a more defined sophisticated culture with the introduction of the Enlightenment 1730-1780. The Enlightenment’s ideals for the betterment of mankind gave rise to Cosmopolitanism and an international blurring of musical lines. European mercantilism gave rise to a growing middle class whose social importance became equal to that of the aristocracy and the high clergy. The middle class’s increased finances allowed them the purchase of real estate and the knowledge of leisure time with the desire to be entertained. Classical music became more accessible to the middle class as a source of entertainment and a

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