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The Baroque Period

Chapters 8-11,  pages 79-149; Bedford/St.
Martin’s, Listen!: handbook; 8th Edition

Goals for Review at end of each chapter

Listening Examples: Tracks 15-27 on Disc 1 and Tracks
1-13 on Disc 2;6-CD
set or macmillamhighered.com/listen8e; 8th Edition

Opera is often considered the pinnacle of
Western music. Why have generations of music lovers been intrigued by this
genre? What aspects of opera, seen and heard in the operas by Purcell and
Monteverdi discussed in the book and heard on the CD, might account for this?
What style features of early Baroque music can be found in the operas of
Monteverdi and Purcell?

The rise of purely instrumental music during the late Baroque period
illustrates that the structural elements of Baroque music became developed
enough so that they alone could create a viable musical statement without the
need for text or voices. What does instrumental music use in place of text to
create a sense of meaning? Include the reading and listening examples in your
response.  Listen to all the examples of Baroque instrumental music,
especially the music of Bach and Vivaldi before writing your response. Follow
any listening charts to help you formulate your response as well