Chapter 4
Ornate Patterns: The Baroque Period
In This Chapter
• Meet the masters of Baroque music: Monteverdi, Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach
• Find out how the changing religious environment affected the music of the times
• Discover the secrets to Baroque composition
• Learn about the era’s newest musical form, the opera
The music of the Renaissance was good in its own way, but the period that followed really ramped it up a notch. The Baroque period is full of invention and experimentation, with plenty of great melody and harmony along the way.
The Baroque is the first era of truly legendary composers and of music that is familiar to even the masses of today. We’re talking music like Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi’s The Four ...

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