- Dances were popular during this period as well as preludes, fugues,
suites, toccatas and theme and variations. Binary and ternary forms
were used frequently.
- Two or more melodies played at the same time created a musical
texture called counterpoint. There were frequent harmonic changes. Tonality
was based on major and minor keys.
- Keyboard Instruments
- The clavichord, harpsichord, and organ were used.
- Emphasis was on strong beats, upbeats and fast-changing rhythmic
motion. Eighths, 16ths and triplets were frequently used.
- Phrase and expression marks were not used. Faster notes were normally
played legato; slower notes were normally played nonlegato.
Ornaments were used frequently.