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Ch 5: The Baroque Period in Music: Help and Review

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The Baroque Period in Music chapter of this Music 101 Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the Baroque period in music. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the Baroque period in music.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Music 101 material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory music. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding musical instruments and composers of the Baroque period
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning music (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the Baroque period in music
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra music learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Baroque Period in Music chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Baroque Period in Music chapter exam to be prepared.
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Baroque period in music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics of the organ
  • Harpsichord's history
  • Patronage system of music
  • The fugue
  • Oratorio composers
  • Decorative and ornate music
  • Music and art extravagances of the period
  • Baroque opera composers
  • Vivaldi and Purcell
  • Bach's important works
  • Handel's oratorio

17 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Baroque Period in Music: Help and Review
The Oratorio: Composers, Definitions & Examples

1. The Oratorio: Composers, Definitions & Examples

The oratorio was significant to Catholic and Protestant church life throughout Europe during the Baroque period. Find out about the oratorio's role in church, influential composers, and why it will make you want to shout 'Hallelujah!'

Decorative and Ornate Music of the Baroque Era

2. Decorative and Ornate Music of the Baroque Era

Through embellished melodies and newly established ideas of harmonic theory, the music of the Baroque era brought a new sense of musical expression. In this lesson, learn how composers of the era achieved affective music through new influence and a new style of writing.

Baroque Composers: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel & More

3. Baroque Composers: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel & More

The Baroque was an exuberant musical period that lasted from 1600-1750. This lesson will introduce you to some of the Baroque's most famous composers.

Baroque Opera Composers: Monteverdi & Lully

4. Baroque Opera Composers: Monteverdi & Lully

The Baroque period began with the invention of opera, and composers like Monteverdi and Lully helped bring the opera genre to new heights. In this lesson, we'll explore the life and music of these two great opera composers.

Chaconne: Definition & Analysis

5. Chaconne: Definition & Analysis

The chaconne is a form of composition that has been used for centuries. This lesson will discuss the form and its origins and give famous examples of how it has been used.

Francois Couperin: Biography & Music

6. Francois Couperin: Biography & Music

Fran├žois Couperin was a musical genius from a musical family. He is remembered largely for his harpsichord pieces and his treatise 'L'art de toucher le clavecin.' This lesson will explore the life and work of Fran├žois Couperin.

Henry Purcell: Biography, Music & Facts

7. Henry Purcell: Biography, Music & Facts

Henry Purcell is regarded by many today as the greatest English composer of all time. Although his life was brief, he left a large body of work. This lesson will examine his life and music.

Johann Pachelbel: Biography, Music & Facts

8. Johann Pachelbel: Biography, Music & Facts

Johann Pachelbel was an important composer and organist of the German Baroque period. He had a great influence on the composers who followed him. This lesson will discuss his life and music.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Biography, Music & Facts

9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Biography, Music & Facts

In this lesson you will learn about composer Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most prominent figures in music's Baroque period. Read about the music he wrote, and why his works have fascinated generations of listeners.

Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcell: Baroque Composers in Italy and England

10. Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcell: Baroque Composers in Italy and England

In this lesson, we'll explore the life and music of two of the Baroque period's greatest stars: the English composer Henry Purcell and the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. Then, test yourself with the brief quiz.

Bach: Important Works, Organ, Fugues and Solo Works

11. Bach: Important Works, Organ, Fugues and Solo Works

In this lesson, you'll meet Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest composers and organists from music's Baroque period. This lesson will introduce you to Bach's life and works, with an emphasis on his organ music.

Counterpoint in the Baroque Period: Definition, Harmony & Examples

12. Counterpoint in the Baroque Period: Definition, Harmony & Examples

The use of counterpoint is a significant characteristic of Baroque period music. In this lesson, learn how to define counterpoint, how it was used during the Baroque period, and hear popular examples.

Handel: Major Works & Oratorio

13. Handel: Major Works & Oratorio

Though George Frideric Handel was born in Germany, he composed the world's most popular English choral piece. This lesson explores how Handel's career brought him to England and how he captured the public's heart with his compositions called oratorios.

The Baroque Orchestra: Instruments, Structure & Forms

14. The Baroque Orchestra: Instruments, Structure & Forms

In the history of Western music, the Baroque orchestra holds a very important position. In this lesson, explore the formation and structure of the Baroque orchestra, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Fugue: Bach, Definition & Examples

15. The Fugue: Bach, Definition & Examples

A fugue is a complex style of composition that was developed during the Baroque period. In this lesson, learn how fugues are made, what characteristic qualities make up the style, and how J.S. Bach influenced the style, and listen to examples.

The Organ: Instrument Characteristics and History

16. The Organ: Instrument Characteristics and History

The organ and other keyboard instruments were important catalysts in driving composers to create more complex music in the Baroque era. Learn how the instruments work and why they played such an important role during this time period.

The Beginnings of Opera: Influences and Components

17. The Beginnings of Opera: Influences and Components

Opera represents one of the highest levels of performing arts that Western Civilization has created, but where did it come from? In this lesson, we look at the beginning of Opera, starting with the late Middle Ages and then on to the Early Renaissance.

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