Last great Italian madrigalist and first opera composer; wrote "Orpheo" and "Coronation of Poppea", his first and last operas
English singer, organist, and composer that adapted elements from Italy and France; put England on the "musical map". Composed Dido and Aeneas. Student of John Blow.
(Germany) - Many children...Famous Lutheran organist and composer. Wrote pieces for and trained many religious choirs. Composed Cantata 80 and Contrapunctus I. Wrote for the church and composed weekly.
(Italy) "red priest" - Concerto composer, Violin virtuoso, and music master and teacher at the Conservatorio dell'Ospedale della pieta, "la chiesa di vivaldi". Composed the Four Seasons.
(France)- official court composer of Tragedie lyrique, father of French opera, wrote for Louis the XIV
(International: Germany, Italy, England)- born in Germany but recognized as an English composer as he composed mainly English opera and became a nationalized citizen. Key compositions- Messiah, Water Music
(French) - Known for his comic opera, worked for Duke of Maine (Louis XIV's son) --Composed Rondeau
Secular - music drama sung throughout, combining vocal and instrumental music with poetry, acting, pantomime, scenery, and costumes. Started in Venice, Italy.
large scale dramatic genre based on a text of religious or serious character and performed by solo voices, chorus, and orchestra; similar to opera but without scenery, costumes, or action (and obviously Sacred)
sacred or secular vocal genre for solo singers, chorus, and instrumentalists based on a lyric or dramatic poetic narrative, consisting several movements like recitatives, arias, and ensembles (20 min max)
basic vs. festive baroque orchestra
strings and continuo / strings, continuo, woodwinds, brass, timpani
sonata da camera
chamber music, played at parties, dance music. Soloist with cello/harpsichord; a 17th century designation for music not intended for religion.
sonata da chiesa
church; a 17th century designation for music intended primarily for the church (four movements: slow-fast-slow-fast)
contains three staves of music; two violins and a continuo (favorite combination is two violins and continuo - four total instruments!)
Venetian School of Painters
art commissioned by churches to teach doctrines; Caravaggio, Titian, Tintoretto
Dutch School of Painters
art commissioned because of strict Protestant ethics; Terbrugghen, Rembrandt, Vermeer
French king that came up with absolutism and divine right of kings. Extended the palace at Versailles. The palace's gardens are extremely symmetrical, and the whole palace is extravagant (extravagant vs. control)
association of musicians who voluntarily played the latest music in public settings; music for the middle class, a group of amateur musicians
Sir Issac Newton
discovered idea of gravity and that light is made of particles; encompasses the baroque spirit
discovered the modern idea of the solar system; was placed under house arrest by the Catholic Church for publishing his ideas; science
word painting is childish; polyphonic writing needs to stop; emotion should be expressed through human voice, not music
numbers written above/below notes showing the relative notes that are to be played- allows for improvisation only chord number written, no notes
continuo (basso continuo)
bass part played by a keyboard or low stringed instrument (cello, harpsichord)
Male singer who was castrated during boyhood to preserve the soprano or alto vocal register, prominent in seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century opera. best combination of man, woman, and boy. Farinelli is a famous castrato singer
accompagnato vs. secco
Secco (one person singing accompanied by harpsichord) and Accompagnato (one person singing accompanied by small orchestra). No steady beat - telling a story
lighter than an aria. Arioso is similar to recitative due to its unrestrained structure and inflexions, close to those of speech. It differs however in its rhythm. Arioso is similar to aria in its melodic form, both being closer to singing than recitative; however they differ in form, arioso generally not resorting to the process of repetition.
pre-opera orchestra piece (played while audience is finding their seats etc) (like prelude music)
"semi-opera"-used as loop hole the restriction wasn't to the opera, it was that the commonwealth outlawed ACTING/theater, so to be able to have plays they sang them to pass them off as a concert which was allowed by commonwealth (book pg 127)
A short performance, typically a ballet, that is presented as an interlude in an opera or play. During the 17th and 18th century, the term implied incidental aspects of an entertainment (usually involving singing and dancing) that might be inserted in an opera or ballet or other stage performance. In the operas of Lully these 'divertissements' were sometimes linked to the main plot, or performed at the close of the performance.
Ritornello was a predecessor to the Rondeau. It has the form ABACA. Most likely written for festivals. music that is fast and vivacious—normally allegro. Many classical rondos feature music of a popular or folk character. Music that has been designated as "rondo" normally subscribes to both the form and character. musical form (round dance) that is the last movement of a sonata