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One of the most significant changes in music history occurred during the Baroque era: the transition from medieval church modes to major-minor tonality.
During the Baroque era, some boy singers were castrated to preserve the high register of their voices, allowing them to sing high-pitched operatic roles.
In seventeenth-century England, the masque was a popular type of aristocratic entertainment that combined vocal and instrumental music with poetry and dance.
Baroque composers, like their Renaissance counterparts, generally did not specify instrumentation.
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