Ch 20: Intro to the Baroque Period in Music: Help and Review

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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an Intro to the Baroque Period in Music unit of a standard introductory humanities course. Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics and history of the organ and the harpsichord
  • Decorative and ornate music
  • Harmony and counterpoint
  • The fugue and the oratorio
  • Connection of Baroque music to art
  • Baroque composers

21 Lessons in Chapter 20: Intro to the Baroque Period in Music: Help and Review
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The Organ: Instrument Characteristics and History

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.

Counterpoint in the Baroque Period: Definition, Harmony & Examples

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.

The Fugue: Bach, Definition & 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.

Aristocrats: Definition & Examples

4. Aristocrats: Definition & Examples

Societies have often been controlled by a small group of families known as aristocrats. Read this lesson to learn some key ideas and read about some examples throughout history.

The Oratorio: Composers, Definitions & Examples

5. 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

6. 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.

Antonio Vivaldi: Biography, Music & Facts

7. Antonio Vivaldi: Biography, Music & Facts

Antonio Vivaldi was one of the prominent composers of the Italian Baroque. He was particularly famous for his concerti. In this lesson we will discuss his life and music.

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

8. 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.

Bach: Important Works, Organ, Fugues and Solo Works

9. 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.

Handel: Major Works & Oratorio

10. 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

11. 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.

Baroque Opera Composers: Monteverdi & Lully

12. 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.

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

13. 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.

Alessandro Scarlatti: Biography, Music & Cantatas

14. Alessandro Scarlatti: Biography, Music & Cantatas

Alessandro Scarlatti was a prodigious composer of the Italian Baroque. In this lesson we will look at his music and the influence it had on future composers.

Baroque Suite: Definition & Dances

15. Baroque Suite: Definition & Dances

The Baroque Suite was a collection of popular dances usually performed by a soloist or a small chamber group. Let's look at the types of dances used and some of the most important examples.

Basso Continuo: Definition & Instruments

16. Basso Continuo: Definition & Instruments

In Baroque music, most performances were held together by the basso continuo: a couple of instruments playing a bass line and harmonies. In this lesson, you'll learn how the basso continuo worked and which instruments played it.

Composer Dieterich Buxtehude: Organ Music, Works & Cantatas

17. Composer Dieterich Buxtehude: Organ Music, Works & Cantatas

Dieterich Buxtehude was a Baroque organist and composer. Perhaps best known for his organ works, and the fact that J.S. Bach walked more than 200 miles to hear him play, Buxtehude's music was far more influential than is commonly believed. Read on to find out more about this mysterious composer and organist!

Giovanni Gabrieli: Biography & Music

18. Giovanni Gabrieli: Biography & Music

The music of Giovanni Gabrieli represents the height of the Venetian Renaissance. This lesson discusses Gabrieli's music and innovations and the role St. Mark played in those developments.

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Biography & Music

19. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Biography & Music

Jean-Baptiste Lully was the most influential composer of French opera. In this lesson we will learn about his life, his music, and his contributions to opera.

What is Baroque Music? - Definition, History, Characteristics & Composers

20. What is Baroque Music? - Definition, History, Characteristics & Composers

Emerging from the Renaissance, Baroque music was perhaps the most openly innovative musical period to date in Western history. Full of melodies and even some improvisation, this style that began to fight the Reformation would lead to the birth of opera.

William Tell: Story, Legend, Music & Composer

21. William Tell: Story, Legend, Music & Composer

Review the legend of William Tell and learn how this famous story inspired an important play and later, an opera. At the end, test your knowledge with a quiz.

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