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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 10: Introduction to Chapter 10: Introduction to Baroque Art and Music Baroque 16001750* Flamboyant style Colossal proportions Abundant decoration
Energetic Dramatic contrast The Basso Continuo* Remained constant throughout the era
Purpose Establish a strong bass Ensure purposeful chord structure Requires two instrumentalists Harpsichord plays the chord progression Sustaining instrument (cello, bassoon) plays bass line Early Baroque Melodic Style Contrasts with Renaissance melodies
Two distinct styles Dramatic, virtuosic* vocal music “Mechanical” character of instrumental music Irregular phrase lengths Introduction of melodic sequence* Melodic Sequence Repetition of motives at higher or lower degrees First appears in Baroque music, Continues as a standard melodic procedure Early Baroque Harmonic Style Stable, diatonic chords support melody
Played by basso continuo Clearly defined chord progressions Tonality reduced to major and minor keys Early Baroque Rhythmic Style
Driving beat Propulsive rhythms Early Baroque Color Becomes enormously varied Traditional instruments perfected
New combinations explored Orchestra begins to take shape Terraced dynamics Early Baroque Texture Predominantly homophonic Emphasizes top and bottom lines Basso continuo supports the melody Early Baroque Form Basso ostinato common Ritornello form emerges Binary form for sonata and orchestral suite ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/10/2012 for the course MUS 1751 taught by Professor Harris during the Summer '08 term at LSU.
- Summer '08