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Music of the Baroque

Third Edition

David Schulenberg

03 October 2013

ISBN: 9780199942015

384 pages

Price: £53.00



This textbook is a concise survey of European music from 1600 through 1750 and is designed for junior/senior level courses in Baroque music.

  • A balance between broad coverage and in-depth analysis of selected works from the most frequently studied preformed repertories.
  • Special focus on issues of performance, including musical instruments of the period.
  • Content and organization geared to today's students, including clear definitions of terms as they arise and valuable illustrations and musical examples.

About the Author(s)

David Schulenberg, Professor, Wagner College, USA

Schulenberg (Ph.D. in musicology, 1982, SUNY Stonybrook; MA in performance practice, 1977, Stanford) is Department Chair and Professor of Music at Wagner College. He is the author of The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach (Schirmer, 1992) and C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Sonatas, 1744-1747, and numerous articles.

Table of Contents

    1 Introduction
    Music History 1600-1750: Some Basic Ideas
    Historical Background: Western Europe, 1600-1750
    Music in European History, 1600-1750
    The Place of Music and Musicians in Society
    Performance Practices
    2 A Sixteenth-Century Prologue: Motet and Madrigal
    The Late Renaissance Motet: Palestrina and Lassus
    The Madrigal
    3 Transitions Around 1600
    Some General Developments
    The Basso Continuo
    4 Monteverdi and Early Baroque Musical Drama
    Claudio Monteverdi
    Monteverdi's Orfeo
    Later Works
    Venetian Opera
    5 Secular Vocal Music of the Later Seventeenth Century
    Barbara Strozzi
    Alessandro Scarlatti and the Later Cantata
    The Dissemination of Baroque Style
    6 Lully and French Musical Drama
    The French Style
    Lully's Armide
    7 Seventeenth-Century Sacred Music
    Sacred Music in Venice: Giovanni Gabrieli
    Sacred Music in Germany: Heinrich Schütz
    Seventeenth-Century Oratorio
    Lalande and the Grand Motet
    8 Late Baroque Opera
    9 Late Baroque Sacred Music
    J. S. Bach
    Handel and the Eighteenth-Century Oratorio
    10 Music for Solo Instruments I: Toccata and Suite
    The Lute and Its Repertory
    Keyboard Instruments of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
    Baroque Keyboard Music in Italy
    Baroque Keyboard Music in France and Germany
    11 Music for Solo Instruments II: Fugues and Pièces
    Later Baroque Keyboard Music
    J. S. Bach's Music for Solo Instruments
    Eigeenth-Century Keyboard Music in France
    Other Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Composers
    12 Music for Instrumental Ensemble I: The Sonata
    The Chief Ensemble Instruments of the Baroque
    Types of Baroque Music for Instrumental Ensemble
    The Baroque Sonata
    13 Music for Instrumental Ensemble II: Sinfonia and Concerto
    The Bolognese Trumpet Sinfonia
    The Baroque Concerto
    14 A Mid-Eighteenth-Century Epilogue: The Galant Style
    The Galant Style


"I suspect that most teachers of the baroque period will know and recommend the volume. It reads well, and given the space, it manages to offer some detail on the music selected for attention." - Clifford Bartlett, Early Music Review