Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Baroque Music

The Catholic Church over the Baroque era  integrated an assembly of artworks, like painting, sculpture, and decor but also, music which offered ritual to the worshiper, so that his or her spiritual experience could be more grand. The Architecture was not the only characteristic of the era to have a transformation during the Baroque, but also did the music.
Well known composers of the baroque period from Italy, include Monteverdi, Corelli and Vivaldi and then later from Germany Bach and Handel. Many of the forms identified with Baroque music came from Italy. These changes or inclusions to the music composition was the cantata, concerto, sonata, oratorio and opera.
When listening to the music it self, there is a more grand or awe to the experience the listening has. The composition of the notes change dramatically, from low to high pitches creating a climax in the music which became very distinct for the era.The instrumentation which added more timber and more stings instruments which implemented the define distinction of the high pitches and the timber. The idea of having the listener experiencing the music with all sense interacting with each other to enhance the piece.

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Different Pieces by Different Composers

00:00 - 03:57 J.S. Bach - Air (Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major)
03:57 - 07:00 Antonio Vivaldi - Spring II (Largo)
07:00 - 12:30 Tommaso Albinoni - Adagio (I think it is in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2)
13:30 - 16:00 J.S. Bach - Keyboard Concerto (No.5 in F minor, Largo)
16:00 - 21:00 J. Pachelbell - Canon (in D majeur)
21:00 - 27:24 Handel: Lute and Harp Concerto (in B flat major, Op. 4 No.6: II. Larghetto)


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