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Music of the Baroque



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Music of the Baroque, Third Edition, and its accompanying anthology of scores offer a vivid introduction to European music from 1600 through 1750. Integrating historical and cultural context with composer biography, music analysis, and performance practice, the text surveys Baroque music while analyzing in depth more than thirty works from the principal traditions of the period. It also places special emphasis on the evolution of instruments and performance practices, showing how the period shaped them into what we know today.

Organized by chronology and genre, the third edition expands the discussion of social and cultural issues through new sidebars on women in music, gender and the castrato voice, the relationship of music to ethnicity and colonialism, and other key areas of study. Also new are contemporary perspectives, including writings by composers Caccini and Couperin and critics Artusi, Scheibe, and Burney.

Visit the companion website at for a discography of the scores included in the anthology (with links to online recordings), sample worksheets, and supplementary musical scores

Author Biography

David Schulenberg is Department Chair and Professor of Music at Wagner College. He is the author of The Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (2014); The Music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (2010); The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach (2006); and numerous articles. He performs and records on harpsichord and other historical keyboard instruments.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Music History 1600-1750: Some Basic Ideas
Historical Background: Western Europe, 1600-1750
Music in European History, 1600-1750
The Place of Music and Musicians in Society
Performance Practices
2. A Sixteenth-Century Prologue: Motet and Madrigal
The Late Renaissance Motet: Palestrina and Lassus
The Madrigal
3. Transitions Around 1600
Some General Developments
The Basso Continuo
4. Monteverdi and Early Baroque Musical Drama
Claudio Monteverdi
Monteverdi's Orfeo
Later Works
Venetian Opera
5. Secular Vocal Music of the Later Seventeenth Century
Barbara Strozzi
Alessandro Scarlatti and the Later Cantata
The Dissemination of Baroque Style
6. Lully and French Musical Drama
The French Style
Lully's Armide
7. Seventeenth-Century Sacred Music
Sacred Music in Venice: Giovanni Gabrieli
Sacred Music in Germany: Heinrich Schütz
Seventeenth-Century Oratorio
Lalande and the Grand Motet
8. Late Baroque Opera
9. Late Baroque Sacred Music
J. S. Bach
Handel and the Eighteenth-Century Oratorio
10. Music for Solo Instruments I: Toccata and Suite
The Lute and Its Repertory
Keyboard Instruments of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Baroque Keyboard Music in Italy
Baroque Keyboard Music in France and Germany
11. Music for Solo Instruments II: Fugues and Pièces
Later Baroque Keyboard Music
J. S. Bach's Music for Solo Instruments
Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music in France
Other Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Composers
12. Music for Instrumental Ensemble I: The Sonata
The Chief Ensemble Instruments of the Baroque
Types of Baroque Music for Instrumental Ensemble
The Baroque Sonata
13. Music for Instrumental Ensemble II: Sinfonia and Concerto
The Bolognese Trumpet Sinfonia
The Baroque Concerto
14. A Mid-Eighteenth-Century Epilogue: The Galant Style
The Galant Style

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