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´╗┐Manisha Chohan Baroque Music The Baroque period came from roughly from the 1600 ? 1750. It came from Italy. Baroque music was orchestral music. Baroque music is characterised by the contrast between loud and soft music, and solo and ensemble music. Baroque music has a polyphonic texture. This means the music has many voices playing different things all at the same time. It can also take other textures such as monophonic which is a single melody with no accompaniment. ...read more.


It also had the use of the harpsichord continuo. The 2 main dynamic levels were loud and soft; this was known as terraced dynamics. An orchestra has a large instrumental ensemble with sections of strings, brass, woodwind, and occasionally persuasion instruments. A baroque orchestra was sometimes directed from a harpsichord. The continuo was a part which was normally played by harpsichord or an organ. This would be filling in the harmonies and holding the whole ensemble place together. A harpsichord is a keyboard instrument where the strings are lightly plucked. ...read more.


He was born in 1659 and 1695. Although he lived a short life he was the most original composer of his generation. Purcell's father was employed as a musician at the court of Charles II in the 1660s. The young Henry became a choir-boy at the Chapel Royal and, after his voice broke in 1673, he was given the job is assist John Hingeston, tuning and maintaining the organ and other instruments. In 1677, he was given his first job as a court composer, for the 'Twenty-four Violins', the king?s band of stringed instruments. By 1680, he had composed a large number of anthems, many with instrumental accompaniment, together with songs and music for funeral services. ...read more.

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This essay includes some of the main features of Baroque music, although at times the writer seems to get a little confused about the size of a Baroque orchestra. For the GCSE in music it is important to have an understanding of the main musical features of the Baroque period and this essay goes some way towards explaining these.

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