Monday, February 16, 2009

The wonderful world of Baroque music...

Antonio Vivaldi Bach at age 35

What is Baroque? The English word baroque is derived from the Italian barocco, meaning bizarre, though probably exuberant would be a better translation more accurately reflecting the sense. The usage of this term originated in the 1860s to describe the highly decorated style of 17th and 18th century religious and public buildings in Italy, Germany and Austria, as typified by the very baroque angelic organist adorning the Gottfried Silbermann organ completed in 1714 for the Cathedral in Freiberg, Saxony (illustrated above). Later, during the early-to-mid 1900s, the term baroque was applied by association to music of the 17th and early 18th century, and today the term baroque has come to refer to a very clearly definable type or genre of music which originated, broadly speaking, around 1600 and came to fruition between 1700 and 1750. Two Hours of Baroque Music Samples - Click here for more

BMC 1 John STANLEY (1712-1786): Six Concertos Op 2 Little Orchestra of London, Leslie Jones, organ/cond. Music Sample 1: Concerto #2 in b, Largo Music Sample 2: Concerto #2 in b, Allegro Music Sample 3: Concerto #6 in B-flat, Allegro

BMC 2 DAVID MUNROW introduces medieval instruments Three Suites of Elizabethan & Renaissance dances Music Sample 1: Introducing - the Dulcian Music Sample 2: Soprano Dulcian & Regal

BMC 3 A BAROQUE ORGAN RECITAL, 1738 Dutch organ. Pachelbel, Hanff, Lübeck, Buxtehude, Böhm, Bach Music Sample: Lübeck - Prealudium

BMC 4 A BAROQUE CONCERT - Milan Baroque Soloists Concs by Corelli/Vivaldi/Geminiani/Torelli/Handel Music Sample 1: Tk3 Vivaldi Op3/8 Music Sample 2: Tk4 Geminiani La Follia Music Sample 3: Tk5 Torelli Guitar Conc

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