Music of the Baroque Essay

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Unit 3 – Music of the Baroque
1. Name two important visual artists (such as painters) and also two important writers of literature (such as poets) from the Baroque Period. Do not name musicians.
(Visual Artists) - Peter Paul Rubens & Artemisia Gentileschi / (Writers)- John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont
2. Write a paragraph about “The Baroque Style”.
The baroque style was very well suited to the wishes of the aristocracy, who were enormously rich and powerful during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, also religious institutions powerfully shaped the baroque style. Churches used the emotional and theatrical qualities of art to make worship more attractive and appealing. The middle class too, influenced the development of the
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The main keyboard instruments of the baroque period were the organ and harpsichord, both well suited for continuity of dynamics.
E. texture – It is predominantly polyphonic in texture. Usually, the soprano and bass lines are the most important. Not all-late baroque music was polyphonic, a piece might shift in texture, especially in vocal music, where changes of mood in the words demand musical contrast.
F. chords and the basso continuo – Chords gave new prominence to the bass part, which served as the foundation of the harmony. The whole musical structure rested on the bass part. The new emphasis on chords and the bass part resulted in the most characteristic feature of baroque music, an accompaniment called the basso continuo. The basso continuo offered the advantage of emphasizing the all-important bass part, besides providing a steady flow of chords.
G. use of words in the music – Baroque composers used music to depict the meaning of specific words. Rising scales represented upward motion; descending scales depicted the reverse. Descending chromatic scales were associated with pain and grief. Composers often emphasized words by writing many rapid notes for a single syllable of text; this technique also displayed a singer’s virtuosity.

4. What was the role of music in Baroque society?
It served as musical expression for brilliant composers, a source of entertainment for aristocrats, a way of life for

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