music from across the ages…….

Renaissance Period Music 1400-1600

A period in history that was considered the rebirth of Europe after the Middle ages.  This period in history that spanned two centuries was a time of dance and music.  A time of creativity and imagination.  A period in musical history where polyphony (when two or more different melodies are played at the same time) was used a great deal.  Even though this form of musical performance was not new at the time of the Renaissance it seemed to become more broadly used during these two centuries.  Another form of music that was prominent during this time was a cappella choral music.  Which was a type of choral music that was unaccompanied by instruments.  There were many other forms of music during this period-secular, sacred (mass and motet) which accompanied the a cappella and choral groups in the mixture of musical inspirations that filled the Renaissance.

Renaissance 1

Renaissance Music

Baroque Period Music 1600-1750 

The Baroque Music Period directly followed the Renaissance period but was a prefix to the Classical period of music and took place between the year 1600 and 1750.  This period of European music home to famous composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Handel just to name a few was considered to be the birth or origination of what we consider the “opera.”

Johann Sebastian Bach

Baroque Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

Antonio Vivaldi

Baroque Composer Antonio Vivaldi

Classical Period Music 1750-1810   

A period in musical history that probably stands out the most as it was dominated by some of the most memorable composers and musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Joseph Hayden.  All whom of which have left a profound impact on the musical world with their works still being used and taught to this very day in musical colleges around the world.  This period was a definitely a change from the Baroque period, although in some ways a subtle change and in some ways it seemed to be completely different to some.  During this period a new form was introduced know as the sonata form which is still used even today.  The introduction of the form opened the flood gates for more to follow such as the development of the symphony, modern concerto, sonata to name a few.  Ever defining this era in music to be known as an era of structural clarity.

Classical Period Concert Performance

Classical Concert Perfomance

Classical Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven

Classical Composer Beethoven

Romantic Period Music 1820-1900

A period dominated by emotions the era of Romantic Music was a time of developing and pushing emotions into the works as created by the composers.  Ludwig Van Beethoven was one composer who did just that he started inserting intense expression and emotions into his compositions.  Now typically when we think Romantic Period we think all the emotion portrayed in these compositions is romantic music, in fact composers would often apprehension, awe and horror.

Franz Schubert-Composer

Franz Schubert Composer

Robert Schumann-Composer

Robert Schumann Composer

Modern Period Music 1900-1950/60

This period which followed the later Romantic Period was a time of musical experimentation.  During this period many composers tried out various different things.  Some tried different approaches with tonality such as composers Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky and Aton Weber.  During this time Arnold Schoenberg developed an atonal composition known as the twelve-tone system.  The development of technology was in part a big player in the creation of new musical methods during this time period along with the intuition and creativity of artists along the way.

Aaron Copland-Modern American Composer

Aaron Copland Modern American Composer

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith Modern Composer


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