Baroque to Romantic Program Notes

If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it. Baroque is a style of music that generally includes work from 1600 to 1750. Key composers include J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Pachelbel, Telemann and Scarlatti. The Baroque period saw the creation of tonality, an approach to writing music in which a song or piece is written in a particular key. During the period, composers and performers used more elaborate orchestration. Baroque music expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance, and also established the mixed vocal/instrumental forms of opera, cantata and oratorio and the instrumental forms of the solo concerto and sonata as musical genres. Dense, complex polyphonic music, in whic

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