Baroque Music


Baroque music describes a style of Western Classical music approximately extending from1600 to 1760.[1] This era follows the Renaissance and was followed in turn by the Classical era. The word “baroque” came from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning “misshapen pearl”,[2] a negative description of the ornate and heavily ornamented music of this period; later, the name came to be applied also to its architecture. Baroque music forms a major portion of the classical music canon, being widely studied, performed, and listened to. Composers of the baroque era include Johann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric Handel,Alessandro ScarlattiAntonio VivaldiGeorg Philipp TelemannJean-Baptiste Lully,Arcangelo CorelliClaudio MonteverdiJean-Philippe Rameau and Henry Purcell. The baroque period saw the development of functional tonality. During the period, composers and performers used more elaborate musical ornamentation, made changes in musical notation, and developed new instrumental playing techniques. Baroque music expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance, and also established opera as a musical genre. Many musical terms and concepts from this era are still in use today.

Composers of the Baroque



  • 巴赫(Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750)
  • 亨德尔(George Frideric Handel, 1685-1759)
  • 泰勒曼(Georg Philipp Telemann, 1681-1767)





Handel’s Harpsichord Room – free recordings of harpsichord music of the Baroque era

Handel – Water music – English Baroque Festival

I. Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans / Venice Baroque Orchestra

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