Trends in Baroque Music
Composers like Johann Sebastian Bach reacted to the Baroque
trend of fancy ornamentation by creating complex polyphonic music
consisting of elaborate melodies layered top of each other. Often
these melodies contained trills and fast moving notes. The idea of using
chords to accompany one or more melody lines also became common.
In adition, composers began to write dynamics and tempo markings
in their music. Improvisation also became common, even in the Church.
Finally, composers began to use their music to express emotions such as
joy and anger.
Fugue in G minor by J.S. Bach (Get the music!)
Invention #10 in G major by J.S. Bach (Get the music!)