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The Baroque period was an age of continuous warfare and tension, of upheavals and tragic events that culminated in 1789 with the French Revolution. Traditional ideas were being questioned and overturned, and a sense of crisis was spreading. Its earliest manifestations, which occurred in Italy, date from the latter decades of the 16th century, while in some regions, notably Germany and colonial South America, certain of its culminating achievements did not occur until the 18th century. The work that distinguishes the Baroque period is stylistically complex, even contradictory. In general, however, the desire to evoke emotional states by appealing to the senses, often in dramatic ways, underlies its manifestations. Some of the qualities most frequently associated with the Baroque are grandeur, sensuous richness, drama, vitality, movement, tension, emotional exuberance, and a tendency to blur distinctions between the various arts. Having long since shed its derogatory connotations, “baroque” is now simply a convenient catch- all for one of the richest and most diverse periods in music history. Although a single philosophy cannot describe 150 years of music from all over Europe, several concepts are important in the baroque period. One philosophy is that the music was a potent tool of communication. As a result of the revival of these ideas, composers became increasingly aware of music’s potential power, and cultivated the belief that their own compositions could have similar effects if they correctly emulated ancient music. Throughout much of the baroque era, however, composers only earned a living writing music if they were fortunate enough to be on the payroll of a political or religious institution. The musical needs of that institution, therefore, dictated the music the composer produced. Bach wrote the number of cantatas he did, for example, not necessarily
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 111 taught by Professor Blume during the Spring '08 term at Union.

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