Second Practice In Music: The Baroque Period

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The Baroque Period has become known as one of the richest and most diverse periods in music history and lasted from about 1600 to 1750 AD. This period followed the Renaissance period and, at the beginning of the Baroque Period, it was marked by the development of what some musicians call the “second practice,” as differentiated from the “first practice” of the Renaissance (Hast, Dorothea E., et al. 271). European culture began to increase the importance of human feeling in the arts. According to our text, “The second practice in music was an advancement of expression over mere decorousness, an exaltation of spirit over formality” (Hast, Dorothea E., et al 271). The Baroque Era ushered in a time period of expansion in all areas of arts and culture. …show more content…
Advances in technology, such as the invention of the telescope, made the finite seem infinite (“What is Baroque Music?”). Great thinkers such as Locke and Descartes began questioning the existence of mankind, and geniuses like Rembrandt and Shakespeare began offering a new outlook through the arts. The growth of the middle class created a new group into the artistic culture that no longer belonged only to the church and court. One of the major philosophical threads that ran through Baroque music actually came from the Renaissance interest in the ideas from the ancient Greek and Roman

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