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- Discover the characteristics of the organ and its effects on Baroque music.
- Define and explore the rules of species counterpoint.
- Describe the parts of a fugue.
- Discuss the histories of the oratorio and operatic music.
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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!'
5. 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.
6. Concerto Grosso: Definition, Form & Movements
The concerto grosso is a type of instrumental concerto that was developed during the late 17th century. This lesson discusses the development of the form and its most common characteristics.
7. George Frideric Handel: Biography, Facts & Compositions
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) is probably best remembered for his masterwork 'Messiah'. Trace his long career and learn more about his life and other great music by him.
8. Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas: Summary, Myth & Analysis
In this lesson, you'll learn about Henry Purcell's tragic, powerful opera, 'Dido and Aeneas.' You'll learn about the Roman myth that forms the basis for the opera's story and how Purcell updated that myth for his own time and audience.
9. Ritornello: Definition & Form
The ritornello, or 'little return,' was the most frequently used compositional technique of the Baroque Period. Let's learn why composers liked it so much and discuss important examples.
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