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Title: The Baroque Period


1
The Baroque Period
  • 1600-1750
  • for
  • 8th Grade Music History Unit

2
  • Baroque music is characteristic by splendor,
    elaboration, theatricality, and emotionalism.

3
Mood
  • An overall characteristic is that a particular
    Baroque composition or movement trends to protect
    a single mood or expression of feeling.

4
Melody
  • A continuous spinning out of a single melody or
    melodic idea, often ornamented through
    improvisation.

5
Rhythm
  • Forward rhythmic drive with a strong sense of
    motion, even at slow tempos

6
Texture
  • Balance of homophonic and polyphonic texture,
    consistent throughout a section or movement

7
Timbre (Tone Color)
  • Strings, winds, and harpsichord, with a
    conspicuous lack of percussion
  • Modern violin family dominant
  • Trumpet a favorite solo instrument

8
Dynamics
  • Abrupt shifts in levels of dynamics resulting in
    terraces of tonal intensity by increasing or
    decreasing the texture

9
Form
  • Concerto grosso, trio, sonata, suite
  • Opera seria, oratorio, cantata, chorale, motet,
    mass

10
Composer-J.S. Bach
  • Born 1685
  • Died 1750
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