The Era of Baroque Music Essay

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Occurring between 1600 and 1750, the era of Baroque music was an astounding, inventive and foundational period of classical music. Following the Renaissance period, the Baroque period preceded the Classical era. Originating from the Italian word “Barocco,” which means bizarre or exuberant, the title of the Baroque period was well suited to its composers and music (baroquemusic.org). Many instruments used by the Baroque composers and musicians reached their peak during this period. Using all of these instruments the famous musicians of the Baroque era were able to create the masterpieces which they are so well known for. The influences of Baroque music on the culture of the time and even up to the present time made a lasting effect upon …show more content…
Without these various and influential instruments, the music of the Baroque period could not have been created as exuberant and complex as it was.

Like other musical periods, the Baroque musical period contained numerous composers who have remained famous throughout history. This includes Antonio Stradivari, Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann (baroquemusic.org). The most influential of these were Handel and Bach. Although Handel’s father was opposed to his musical career, he joined the Hamburg opera house in 1703 and then traveling to Italy in 1706 Handel met Corelli and the Scarlatti’s. Proclaimed as a genius, he was soon appointed as the court conductor in Hanover in 1710, and for the next 35 years he led an operatic life. After being blind for seven years, the great composer died in 1759 (baroque-music.com). Born in the same year as Handel but never meeting him, Johann Sebastian Bach lived from 1685 to 1750. While his father was an organist and the town musician, Bach was orphaned at age ten and went to live with his elder brother. In 1703 he successfully became the Kapellmeister at Arnstadt in 1703 and at Meuhlhausen in 1707. Soon after marrying his cousin Maria Barbra Bach, Johann Bach was

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