Ch 19: Music in the Baroque Period

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Deepen your understanding of music in the Baroque period with help from this chapter's fun lessons, short quizzes and practice exam. These study resources are available online 24/7, enabling you to prepare for an upcoming test at your own pace.

Music in the Baroque Period - Chapter Summary

Short lessons in this engaging chapter can help you quickly and effectively improve your grasp of music in the Baroque period. Our instructors provide well-rounded overviews of topics that include the Baroque orchestra, Baroque composers, works from Bach and basics of an oratorio. Completing this chapter will enable you to:

  • Describe the music and art of the Baroque period
  • Provide details about decorative and ornate music of the Baroque period
  • List Baroque opera composers
  • Define and provide examples of counterpoint in the Baroque period
  • Share examples of a fugue
  • Discuss the works of Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcell
  • Detail major works of Handel
  • Explain the history of the harpsichord

This chapter serves as a fantastic study resource for individuals who want to study music in the Baroque period but are strapped with a busy schedule. All lessons are available around-the-clock and can be accessed using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Choose any number of lessons to view, and test your comprehension of their contents by taking mini quizzes. If you have questions about specific lesson topics, feel free to send them to our knowledgeable instructors for clarification.

11 Lessons in Chapter 19: Music in the Baroque Period
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Counterpoint in the Baroque Period: Definition, Harmony & Examples

1. 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

2. 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 Oratorio: Composers, Definitions & Examples

3. 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

4. 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.

The Baroque Orchestra: Instruments, Structure & Forms

5. 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 Composers: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel & More

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

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.

Harpsichord: Definition & History

11. Harpsichord: Definition & History

How could it be that the instrument that made Bach famous, before being rejected in favor of the piano, is now finding its way to video games? Keep reading to learn more about the harpsichord.

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