This is a textbook on European music during the period 1600–1750. It is intended primarily for undergraduate music majors and graduate students in music. It will also be of interest to musicians, teachers, and listeners who desire an up-to-date survey of Baroque music. To order a copy, click here. To see a table of contents, please scroll down.
The text focuses on a repertory of about fifty works from several of the principal traditions of the Baroque. Scores for the majority of these are included in the accompanying anthology. To see a table of contents for the anthology, please scroll down to the end of this file. Click here for scores and texts of works from previous editions that are no longer included in the current edition.For a discography listing recordings of works included in both volumes, click here. The discography includes links to online recordings of nearly all the works in the anthology, including several performed by the author.
In addition, students reading the textbook can now access online audio files to hear every musical example as they come across it. Click here for links to audio files of the examples.
As before, instructors will find updated paper assignments and worksheets that can be used in teaching a course based on this textbook. Included here are newly suggested assignments relating to the “boxes” or sidebars that are concerned with social and aesthetic issues (see below).
Each work is discussed not only as a representative of a particular historical tradition but also as an individual response by its composer to a verbal text or an expressive aspiration. Hence, the book offers models for both musical criticism and analysis in a variety of compositional styles; in addition, it provides substantial discussions of original instrumentation and performance practices for many works. Works discussed include familiar ones such as Monteverdi’s Orfeo and a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, as well as lesser-known compositions, including several by women composers. In addition, opening and closing chapters on late-Renaissance and galant music provide bridges to earlier and later periods of European music history. Aids for students and teachers include synopses of operatic works, biographical timelines for major composers, an annotated bibliography, and numerous illustrations, musical examples, and analytical tables. Technical terms are highlighted at their first mention in the text, which includes carefully formulated definitions of each new concept. The accompanying volume presents reliable scores of more than thirty works, most of them in editions prepared exclusively for this anthology, which also includes new translations of the texts of all vocal compositions, as well as commentary on sources, editorial issues, notation, and performance practices.
The complete text of both volumes has been thoroughly revised and updated, incorporating current biographical and bibliographical information that reflects the latest scholarship. The third edition of the textbook offers new “boxes” or sidebars on topics of current interest, including discussions of women in Baroque music, relationships between music and society, and notable contemporary writings on and by major figures such as Bach and Couperin. The anthology offers new or expanded selections of works by Cavalli (the opera Calisto), Carissimi, Charpentier, Alessandro Scarlatti, Jacquet de La Guerre, and Rameau. Works from previous editions that are no longer in the anthology are represented in the textbook by new examples; their complete scores and texts (with translations) are online here.
Contents: Music of the Baroque, third edition
Contents: Music of the Baroque: An Anthology of Scores, third edition