Music in the Baroque Period

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Music in the Baroque Period
Music is in everyone’s lives these days. You always see people with headphones in their ears or jamming out in their cars. Many people listen to music in the privacy of their homes, where they can listen to music as loud as they want and can sing along and not have anyone look at them funny. But do all these people who listen to music on a daily basis really know where it came from? A lot of people will say that Michael Jackson is the king of pop or that Elvis was the invention of rock. Many people don’t know that true music started long before this. The art of classical music; and music for music’s sake. There once was a time when music was only played for the church and nothing else, no concerts to go to, or no time to just listen to it to enjoy it. In the baroque period there came a time of change for music, and music was now being played for music’s sake.

When someone talks about the baroque period many people think of the architecture from that period, but even more important than that is the music they came from this period. “Baroque’s” definition is bizarre, but when talking about the music exuberant would be a much better translation. During this period many composers started to experiment with form, styles and instruments. The biggest part of music in this period was the exploration of form.

Baroque music can be seen as highly ornate, very textured and intense music. There are a number of defining characteristics of music in this period; one is the basso continuo, which is music that is played by one or more bass instruments and a keyboard instrument. Another characteristic is the doctrine of affections, which allowed composers to express emotions and feelings in their compositions. This help lead to the emphasis on contrast of volume, like crescendos and decrescendos; texture in the music, like staccato for sharp notes; and then the pace of the music, they started using things like adagio for slower, and presto,...
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