History of Classical Music

Trends in Baroque Music

(Baroque 2)
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. Johann Sebastian Bach
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Sample Works:

MIDI Example Fugue in G minor by J.S. Bach     (Get the music!)
MIDI Example Invention #10 in G major by J.S. Bach  (Get the music!)


Fugue in Gmin, MIDI sequence by Adam Zion
    from Classical MIDI Connection
Invention #10 in Gmaj, MIDI sequence by Bramwell Perry
    from Classical MIDI Connection

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