The Baroque era
existed between 1600-1750, it was an era of freedom in composition,
improvisation, drama and urgency which was present in many aspects
throughout the era.Historical event took place, such as the thirty
year war which occurred between the years 1618-1648, the discovery
of New York by Henry Hudson in 1626, building of St. Peter's square
in 1656 and the ruling of different kings in this time period.
Through the work of Bach,Vivaldi and Handel, the Roman Catholic
Church, dramatic aspects and writing for royalty are ideas and
influences that make this era distinct from other eras.
The Roman Catholic Church played a major influence on the musicplayed and composed, this is specifically shown in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was born on March 31, 1685 and is a major composer associated with the Baroqueera, he was an organist and composer that worked in different churches. His later works in leipzig revolved around the church and creating musical interpretations of the bible. The St. Matthew's passion written in 1727- 1729 by Bach portrays the story from Matthew's gospel about the show more content
Antonio Vivaldi, born in 1678 was a composer who was successful and known for his concertos. The Four Seasons, written in 1720 by Vivaldi is a concerto which consisted of alternation between a solo instrument and the orchestra, this created a dramatic sound within the music because of the tension build up between the soloist and the orchestra. Dramatic aspects are also shown through another one of Vivaldi's concertos called Concerto for Two Trumpets, this also featured alternation between soloist and the rest of the orchestra. The soloists were trumpets where they were showcased in the piece. Through the works of Vivaldi it is shown that baroque composers used drama to make their pieces more
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