If it Ain’t Baroquen…

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by Edward Pearse on Friday, 7 January, 2011

Baroque has to be the ultimate in gilding the lily. Lots of ostentatious ornamentation, over the top allegorical artwork and grandiose buildings full of their own importance. But as with all things it was of it’s time. Music too reflected a change in style with 17th century music becoming more aware of what could be done with co-ordinated instruments and less improvisation by the performers. New instruments were developed and ideas expanded upon.

Luminaries such as Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Arcangelo Corelli and Jean-Philippe Rameau contributed greatly to the sound of the age and would influence later composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, who moved music from the Baroque to the Classical.

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