Comparison of Classical and Baroque Music
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary music is the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity (Music, 2011). Music as we know it today has evolved dramatically, and is still going through evolution every day. This paper will review the beginning of this evolution, and the two major periods that has crafted music into an art and shaped music as we know it today. There are many forms of classical music such as oratorio, cantata, concerto, symphony, fugue, art song, and mass. Out of this list of classifications of classical music this document will review the two major forms, symphony and concerto. A symphony is an orchestral composition, usually in four movements. The symphony was created in the Classical period of the late eighteenth century and provides a wide range of considerately supported emotions through ranges of tempo and mood. The actual word in Latin means sounding together. The beginning movement most often begins with a fast movement, then transitions into a slow movement, then to dancelike movement, and closes with a final transition of a bold brisk movement (Sporre, 2010). A concerto is an extended piece for an instrumental soloist and orchestra. It contains typically the same format of movement first fast, second slow and third fast. Concertos joins the soloist’s delicately and elucidative skills with an orchestra. A concerto offers a great challenge to the composer and a splendid delicacy to the listeners. The concerto balances the soloist and the orchestra so one does not over power the other, acting as partners (Sporre, 2010). There were many great composers of Classical Music such as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fredrick Chopin, and George Frideric Handel just to name a few. One composer whose style is different than the common Beethoven or Bach is...
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