April 30, 2013
The separation of church music and secular music during the Baroque period was the beginning of something new. Many people had no idea that the instruments they used during the Renaissance period could do more than they had been doing with them. This brought a new meaning of music and life into the world. It was a great change for music, instruments, and even people. Church music, also known as sacred music, was well known in the Renaissance Era, while the secular music will become more known in the Baroque Era. Let’s dive in by first clarifying what exactly was the Baroque Era, then distinguishing what caused the separation of church music and secular music during the Baroque Era.
“The term Baroque era describes the style or period of European music between the years of 1600 and 1750. The term Baroque was derived from a Portuguese word meaning "a pearl of irregular shape." The word Baroque was initially used to imply strangeness, abnormality and extravagance, applying more to art than music. It is only in the 20th century that this term has been employed to refer to a period in music history” ( Bailey). The power of music was discovered during this time The Baroque period was the beginning of a new era, it is known for its many forms of church music and most of the sacred, or religious, music of the Baroque was written specifically to be performed as part of a church service. Baroque music has become increasingly popular over the last fifty years and I believe that it will continue to do so in the years to come. There are many differences between this era’s music and today’s modern music. Things such as pitch, timbre, and performance techniques have changed quite a bit over time and are constantly changing as we speak. Differences between loud and soft, solo and ensemble play an important role in many Baroque compositions. The Baroque Era introduced instruments such as violins, flutes, recorders,...
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