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Baroque (1600-1750)

Baroque Composers and Musicians
A musicologist wrote this descriptive history of music in the baroque era. Discover how the Renaissance style developed into the baroque. Then explore how baroque music traveled from Italy to Germany, England, France, Spain, and finally, the colonies that eventually became America. Wrap up with the biographies of major baroque composers.

The Baroque Era
Here's a brief description of life during the baroque era. Once you understand the history, check out the short biographies of Bach, Purcell, and Handel, and the explanations of several important baroque musical forms: the opera, cantata, oratorio, and concerto.

Baroque Era Music Links
Before you start your research on baroque music, stop at this extensive link library to find out what's available on the Web. Whether you're looking for information on baroque history, theory, instruments, composers, or pieces, you'll find it all with this list.

Baroque Music
This comprehensive site, authored by a musicologist, provides a basic definition of baroque music. It also explains the two schools of thought on the performance of baroque music, examines the era's most influential composers, describes some unusual instruments, and recommends budget-priced recordings that best demonstrate the style.

This site begins with a brief Q & A about baroque music. Follow the "Information" link for composer biographies, instrument descriptions and photos, and recording recommendations. Then stop by the MIDI Archive for a few clips of popular baroque pieces.

The Classical Music Pages: Fugue
Name a style of music composition in which the main theme is continuously repeated by several voices or instruments at different times. If you guessed a fugue, you're right! Read how some of music's biggest names, from Bach to Beethoven, based their work on the fugue, which reached the height of its development during the late baroque period.

Music History 102: The Baroque Age
In this installment of the Internet Public Library's exhibit on music history, you'll learn about the Baroque era, when incredible advances in art, science, and music were made. After you've read the brief historical background material, hear a new instrument (the harpsichord), explore a new format (opera), and meet a few Baroque composers.

NPR's Sunday Baroque
Sunday Baroque is a weekly NPR radio program that highlights existing baroque music recordings. Visit the "Links" section to research baroque composers and instruments. Check out the "Playlist" section to see what's on tap for the upcoming show. Want to listen in? Click on "Our Stations" to find out where to move your radio dial.

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