A Baroque Festival

Join us today for a diverse and exten­sive col­lec­tion of music from the Baroque era includ­ing com­posers from all over north-west Europe.

Baroque music is a style com­posed from approx­i­mate­ly 1600 to 1750. This era fol­lowed the Renais­sance, and was fol­lowed in turn by the Clas­si­cal era. The word “baroque” comes from the Por­tuguese word bar­ro­co, mean­ing mis­shapen pearl, a neg­a­tive descrip­tion of the ornate and heav­i­ly orna­ment­ed music of this peri­od. Lat­er, the name came to apply also to the archi­tec­ture of the same peri­od.

Baroque music forms a major por­tion of the “clas­si­cal music” canon. Com­posers of the Baroque era include Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach, George Frid­er­ic Han­del, Alessan­dro Scar­lat­ti, Domeni­co Scar­lat­ti, Anto­nio Vival­di, Georg Philipp Tele­mann, Jean-Bap­tiste Lul­ly, Arcan­ge­lo Corel­li, Toma­so Albi­noni, François Couperin, Denis Gaulti­er, Clau­dio Mon­tever­di, Hein­rich Schütz, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jan Dis­mas Zelen­ka, Johann Pachel­bel, and Hen­ry Pur­cell.

The Baroque peri­od saw the cre­ation of tonal­i­ty. Dur­ing the peri­od, com­posers and per­form­ers used more elab­o­rate musi­cal orna­men­ta­tion, made changes in musi­cal nota­tion, and devel­oped new instru­men­tal play­ing tech­niques. Baroque music expand­ed the size, range, and com­plex­i­ty of instru­men­tal per­for­mance, and also estab­lished opera, can­ta­ta, ora­to­rio, con­cer­to, and sonata as musi­cal gen­res. Many musi­cal terms and con­cepts from this era are still in use today.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:

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