The Baroque Period

The Period is named after the Baroque pearl which is an irregularly shaped pearl. See images and definitions here:
Baroque Pearl 1       Baroque Pearl 2      Baroque Pearl 3

Baroque Architecture

Queluz National Palace, Portugal & Rosario Chapel in Santo Domingo Church, Puebla, Mexico


Santiago de Compostela - Galicia - España (Spain) & Trier, Prince-electors Palace, built from 1756


Rome, church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza & Interior of the Church of St. Anne in Krakow


English: castle howard


The Rococo is another name for the late Baroque period, the time in which asymmetry, voluptuous ornamentation, and pale colors become most extreme in the visual arts. The musical correlate of the Rococo is the Galant Style, which constituted a transition into the style of Enlightenment Classicism.

Some Composers of the Baroque Period

Jacopo Peri (The First Opera)
Claudio Monteverdi (The Fifth Book of Madrigals, Basso Continuo, Opera)
Giacomo Carissimi (Opera)
Johann Pachelbel
Arcangelo Corelli (Trio Sonatas)
Henry Purcell
Alessandro Scarlatti (Harpsichord works)
Francois Couperin
Jean-Philippe Rameau
     ---Treatise on Harmony
     ---Opera "Hippolytus and Aricia (Hyppolyte et Aricie)"
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Ground Bass Technique
  • Dido's Lament
  • Pachelbel's Canon in D

The Violin replaces the Viol

The Big Three

The Vivacious Charmer          The Dour Structural Engineer          The Dramatic Melodist

Antonio Vivaldi (born 1687)           Johann Sebastian Bach (born 1685)             George Frederic Handel (born 1685)

End of the Baroque Period: 1750, the death of J.S. Bach