Music of the Baroque

Music of the Baroque

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An era of continuous and far-reaching musical evolution, the Baroque period witnessed the invention of opera and oratorio and the emergence of such instrumental genres as the sonata, suite, and concerto, which continue to engage composers today. An ideal instructional package for courses in music history and literature, Music of the Baroque, Second 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 forty works from the principal traditions of the period. An opening chapter on late-Renaissance vocal music and a closing chapter on galant instrumental music provide bridges to earlier and later European music. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect current scholarship, this second edition of Music of the Baroque offers expanded coverage of instrumental music, with new sections on French lute music and the Italian trumpet sinfonia, along with enhanced discussion of chamber music from Salomone Rossi to Biber and Corelli. French sacred music also receives renewed attention. Offering models for musical criticism and analysis in a variety of compositional styles, author David Schulenberg analyzes familiar works like Monteverdi's Orfeo and a Bach cantata as well as lesser-known compositions, including works by Barbara Strozzi and Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre. Additional Features: * Incorporates a wealth of pedagogical resources including synopses of operatic works; biographical timelines for major composers; numerous illustrations, musical examples, and analytical tables; highlighting and explanations of technical terms upon first appearance; and carefully formulated definitions of each new concept * Revised to incorporate the latest in Baroque music scholarship, including an updated bibliography and many new music examples and illustrations * Accompanied by a companion anthology that contains more than fifty pieces for analysis * Supplemented by the author's website,, which provides a discography for pieces included in the anthology Designed for undergraduate and graduate students, Music of the Baroque, Second Edition, is also essential reading for anyone who desires an up-to-date introduction to the serious study of Baroque more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations, ports., music, facs., map
  • 0195331060
  • 9780195331066
  • 1,057,902

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: Gesualdo and Monteverdi ; 3. TRANSITIONS AROUND 1600 ; Some General Developments ; The Basso Continuo ; Instruments ; Monody ; 4. MONTEVERDI AND EARLY BAROQUE MUSICAL DRAMA ; Monteverdi's Orfeo ; The Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda ; Venetian Opera ; Seventeenth-Century Italian Opera after Monteverdi ; 5. SECULAR VOCAL MUSIC OF THE LATER SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ; Barbara Strozzi ; Alessandro Scarlatti and the Later Cantata ; The Dissemination of Italian 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 Sch:utz ; Seventeenth-Century Oratorio ; Sacred Music in France: Michel-Ricard de Lalande ; 8. LATE BAROQUE OPERA ; Handel ; Rameau ; 9. LATE BAROQUE SACRED MUSIC ; J. S. Bach and the Eighteenth-Century Oratorio ; Handel ; 10. MUSIC FOR SOLO INSTRUMENTS I: TOCCATA AND SUITE ; The Lute and Its Repertory ; Keyboard Instruments ; Baroque Keyboard Music in Italy ; Baroque Keyboard Music in France and Germany ; 11. MUSIC FOR SOLO INSTRUMENTS II: FUGUES AND PIECES ; Later Baroque German 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 ; Telemann ; Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachshow more

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