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1 2011 © McGraw-Hill Higher Education Music: An Appreciation 10 th Edition by Roger Kamien Part IV The Baroque Period 1600-1750

2 The Baroque Period Time Line Shakespeare: Hamlet-1600 Cervantes: Don Quixote-1605 Jamestown founded-1607 Galileo: Earth orbits Sun-1610 King James Bible-1611 Newton: Principia Mathematica-1687 Witchcraft trials in Salem, Mass.-1692 Defoe: Robinson Crusoe-1719 Swift: Gulliver’s Travels-1726

3 The Baroque Style Time of flamboyant lifestyle Baroque style “fills the space” Visual Art Implies motion Busy Architecture Elaborate Change in approach to science Experiment-based, not just observation Inventions and improvements result

4 Ch. 1 - Baroque Music Early: 1600-1640 favored homophonic texture Middle: 1640-1680 major & minor scales Late: 1680-1750 dominant chord to the tonic Two giants of Baroque composition Johann Sebastian Bach (period ends w/ Bach’s death) George Frideric Handel Other noted composers Claudio Monteverdi Henry Purcell Arcangelo Corelli Antonio Vivaldi Period divided into three phases

5 Unity of Mood Characteristics of Baroque Music Expresses one mood throughout piece Rhythm Rhythmic patterns are repeated throughout Provides compelling drive & energy Melody Dynamics Opening melody heard again and again Continuous expanding of melodic sequence Volumes are constant with abrupt changes – terraced dynamics

6 Texture Characteristics of Baroque Music Late Baroque mostly polyphonic Extensive use of imitation Chords and the Basso Continuo Chords meshed with the melodic line Bass part served as foundation of the harmony Basso Continuo: accompaniment played by keyboard instrument following numbers which specifies the chords – similar to modern jazz & pop “fake book” notation Words and Music Text painting/word painting continues Words frequently emphasized by extension through many rapid notes

7 Based on violin family of instruments The Baroque Orchestra Small by modern standards Varying instrumentation Nucleus was basso continuo unit Strings, woodwinds, brass, & percussion Composers specified instrumentation Tone color was subordinate to melody, rhythm, & harmony Composers obtained beautiful effects from specific tone colors

8 Instrumental music frequently made up of movements Baroque Forms Movement: a piece that sounds complete in itself, but is part of a larger composition Performed with pause between movements Unity of mood within individual movements Movements often contrast with each other Common basic forms: A B A Ternary Binary A B A A B A B B A A B B

9 Ch. 2 - Music in Baroque Society Music written to order New music, not old-fashioned, was desired Courts: Music indicated affluence Court Music Director Good prestige, pay, and other benefits Still considered a skilled servant

10 Some aristocrats were musicians Church music was very elaborate Most people heard music only in church Some, though few, public opera houses Music careers taught by apprenticeship Orphanages taught music as a trade

11 Ch. 3 - The Concerto Grosso and Ritornello Form Concerto Grosso For small group of soloists and orchestra Multi-movement work Usually 3 movements Fast Slow (usually quieter) Fast (sometimes dance-like)

12 Ritornello Frequently used in 1st & last movements of concerto grosso Theme repeatedly presented in fragments Contrast between solo sections and tutti

13 Listening Brandenberg Concerto No. 5 in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach For string orchestra and group of soloists Soloists: flute, violin, and harpsichord First movement Ritornello form Listening Outline: p. 129 Basic Set, CD 2:4 Brief Set, CD 2:1

14 Ch. 4 - The Fugue Cornerstone of Baroque music Polyphonic composition based on one main theme Vocal or instrumental Subject Main theme Presented initially in imitation Each voice enters after previous voice has completed presenting the subject

15 Listening Organ Fugue in G Minor by J. S. Bach Note individual voice entry on same melody (subject) Listening Outline: p. 133 Basic Set, CD 2:17 Brief Set, CD 2:06

16 Ch. 5 - The Elements of Opera Drama sung to orchestral accompaniment Text in opera is called libretto Recitative: presents plot material Aria: expresses emotion—usually a “show-off” vehicle for the singer Music is written by a composer Libretto is written by a librettist Opera can be serious, comic, or both Two primary types of solo songs: Other types: duet, trio, quartet, quintet, etc. Three or more singers make up an ensemble

17 Chorus: groups of actors playing crowd parts The prompter—gives cues to singers Translation of text and effects upon text painting Supertitles-projection of text above the stage Modern questions concerning text in opera The orchestra pit – sunken area in front of stage Prelude or overture - instrumentals that open opera acts

18 Ch. 6 - Opera in the Baroque Era Result of musical discussions of the Camerata in Florence 1 st known opera: Euridice (Peri-1600) Rise of virtuoso singer —chief was castrato 1 st public opera house 1637 in Venice Orfeo (Monteverdi-1607) 1 st large scale (great) opera Opera composed for court ceremonies Display of magnificence and grandeur Patrons compared to ancient heroes Secco vs accompanied recitative

19 Ch. 7 - Claudio Monteverdi Italian, early Baroque composer Wrote first great operatic work, Orfeo Only 3 of his 12 operas still exist Worked last 30 years at St. Mark’s in Venice Composed both sacred music and secular music for the aristocracy

20 Listening Tu se’ morta from Orfeo by Monteverdi Note: Homophonic texture Use of text painting Vocal Music Guide: p. 142 Basic Set, CD 2:20 Brief Set, CD 2:09

21 Ch. 8 - Henry Purcell English composer (1659-1695) Highly regarded, held court positions Buried beneath the organ in Westminster Abbey Dido and Aeneas Ground Bass Repeated musical idea in bass Variation form—melodies above change Also called basso ostinato

22 Listening Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas by Purcell Note: Recitative followed by aria Aria makes use of ground bass Vocal Music Guide: p. 144 Basic Set, CD 2:21 Brief Set, CD 2:10

23 Ch. 9 - The Baroque Sonata Instrumental work Multi-movement piece for one to eight instruments Sonata da chiesa—church sonata (dignified) Trio sonata Three melodic lines: basso continuo and two above Written as three parts, but performed by four players Sonata du camera—chamber sonata (more dance-like, intended for court performance)

24 Ch. 10 - Arcangelo Corelli Trio Sonata in A Minor, Op.3 No. 10 by Arcangelo Corelli For 2 violins and basso continuo Basic Set, CD 2:23 and 2:24 - p. 146 Note:Polyphonic texture Multi movement work Contrast between movements

25 Ch. 11 - Antonio Vivaldi Late Baroque Italian composer Il prete rosso (the red priest) Taught music at girls orphanage in Venice Girls performed at mass hidden behind screen Wrote sacred and secular vocal and instrumental music Famous as a virtuoso violinist & composer

26 Listening La Primavera (Spring), Op. 8, No. 1, from The Four Seasons (1725) by Vivaldi Listening Outline: p. 148 Basic Set, CD 2:25 Brief Set, CD 2:12 Concerto for violin and string orchestra Note:Polyphonic texture & ritornello form Baroque program music Descriptive effects (trills for bird songs, string tremolos for thunder)

27 Ch. 12 - Johann Sebastian Bach German, late Baroque composer Organist and violinist Large family Deeply religious (Lutheran) Worked in sacred and secular positions Weimar/Cothen/Leipzig Known during lifetime as keyboardist Wrote in every form except opera Recognized for technical mastery Highpoint of polyphony combined w/ harmony All music majors study Bach’s compositions He is the model for learning to write music

28 Listening Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, from The Well- Tempered Clavier, Book I by Bach Listening Outline: p. 154 Basic Set: CD 2:33 Ornamental passage in the style of improvisation Concludes with bright C major harmony Pedal point

29 Ch. 13 - The Baroque Suite Instrumental, multi-movement work Written for listening, but based upon dance Often began with a non-dance overture Movements usually in binary form—AABB French overture—2 sections 1 st slow, dignified 2 nd faster, often beginning as a fugue Forerunner of forms used in the next period

30 Listening Suite No. 3 in D Major (~1730) by J. S. Bach, 2 nd, 4 th, & 5 th mvts. Basic Set, CD 2:41 Brief Set, CD 2:21 Listening Outline p. 161 Note:Extensive polyphony Contrast of dance forms and tempo in various movements

31 Ch. 14 - The Chorale and Church Cantata Lutheran church service was social event of the week Lasted 4 hours with 1 hour sermon Music was major part of worship service Congregation participated in singing chorales Chorale: hymn tune w/ German text Cantata Multi-movement church work for chorus, soloists, and orchestra Vernacular religious text Resembled opera in its use of choruses, recitatives, arias, and duets

32 Listening Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Awake, A Voice Is Calling Us) by J. S. Bach (1731), Movements 1, 4, & 7 Vocal Music Guides: pp. 164 - 168 Basic Set, CD 2:47 Brief Set, CD 2:23 Note:Vernacular (German) text Chorale tune basis Polyphonic until chorale in movement 7 Movement 7—provides for congregation to join in

33 Ch. 15 - The Oratorio Like opera: Large-scale work for chorus, soloists, and orchestra Contains arias, recitatives, ensembles Unlike opera: Not intended for religious services No acting, scenery, or costumes Based upon biblical stories Commonly performed today in both churches and concert halls

34 Ch. 16 - George Frederic Handel Born in Germany—same year as Bach Not from musical family Father wanted him to be a lawyer Studied music in Germany, then to Italy to study opera, finally England to work Buried in Westminster Abbey Became England’s most important composer Wrote many operas in London Had own opera company Worked as composer, performer, & impresario

35 Listening From The Messiah by G. F. Handel (1741) Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted Vocal Music Guide: p. 174Basic Set, CD 305 Brief Set, CD 2:27 For unto Us a Child Is Born Vocal Music Guide: p. 175Basic Set, CD 3:06 Hallelujah Chorus Vocal Music Guide: p. 177 Basic Set, CD 3:09 Brief Set, CD 2:39


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