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    aroque music is the style ofWestern art

    musiccomposedfrom approximately 1600 to


    This era follows theRenaissanceand was

    followed in turn by theClassical era. The word "baroque"

    comes from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning

    "misshapen pearl",[2]

    a negative description of the ornateand heavily ornamented music of this period; later, the

    name came to be applied also to itsarchitecture.

    Baroque music forms a major portion of the"classical

    music"canon, being widely studied, performed, and

    listened to. Composers of the Baroque era includeJohann Sebastian Bach,George Frideric

    Handel,Alessandro Scarlatti,Domenico

    Scarlatti,Antonio Vivaldi,Georg Philipp Telemann,Jean-

    Baptiste Lully,Arcangelo Corelli,Franois

    Couperin,Denis Gaultier,Claudio Monteverdi,Jean-

    Philippe RameauandHenry Purcell.

    The Baroque period saw the creation oftonality. 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 establishedoperaas a musical genre. Many

    musical terms and concepts from this era are still in use


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    Early baroque music (16001654)

    TheFlorentine Cameratawas a group of humanists, musicians, poets

    and intellectuals in late Renaissance Florence who gathered under thepatronage of CountGiovanni de' Bardito discuss and guide trends in

    the arts, especially music and drama. In reference to music, their ideals

    were based on their perception of Classical (especiallyancient Greek)

    musical drama, in which discourse and oration was viewed with much


    As such, they rejected the use by their contemporaries of

    polyphony and instrumental music, and discussed such ancient Greek

    music devices asmonody, which consisted of a solo singing

    accompanied by a kithara.[5]

    The early realizations of these ideas,

    includingJacopo Peri'sDafneandL'Euridice, marked the beginning of


    which in turn can be considered to have marked the catalyst of

    Baroque music.[7]

    Concerning music theory, the more widespread use offigured

    bass(also known as "thorough bass") represents the developing importance ofharmonyas the linear

    underpinnings of polyphony.[8]

    Harmony is the end result ofcounterpoint, and figured bass is a visual

    representation of those harmonies commonly employed in musical performance.[9]

    Composers began

    concerning themselves with harmonic progressions,[10]

    and also employed thetritone, perceived as an

    unstable interval,[11]

    to create dissonance. Investment in harmony had also existed among certain

    composers in the Renaissance, notablyCarlo Gesualdo;[12]

    However, the use of harmony directed

    towards tonality, rather than modality, marks the shift from the Renaissance into the Baroque


    This led to the idea that chords, rather than notes, could provide a sense of closure, which is

    one of the fundamental ideas of what came to be known as tonality.

    Italy formed one of the cornerstones of the new style, as the

    papacybesieged byReformationbut with coffers fattened by

    the immense revenues flowing in fromHabsburgconquest

    searched for artistic means to promote faith in the Roman

    Catholic Church. One of the most important musical centers

    wasVenice, which had both secular and sacred patronage


    Giovanni Gabrielibecame one of the important transitional

    figures in the emergence of the new style, although his work is

    largely considered to be in the "High Renaissance" manner.

    However, his innovations were foundational to the new style.

    Among these are instrumentation (labeling instruments

    specifically for specific tasks) and the use of dynamics.

    The demands of religion were also to make the text of sacred