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Music of the Baroque

Third Edition

David Schulenberg

Publication Date - August 2013

ISBN: 9780199942015

384 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $144.99

A master scholar and performer introduces students to the richness of the Baroque repertory


Music of the Baroque, Third Edition, and its accompanying anthology of scores offer a vivid introduction to European music from 1600 through 1750. Integrating historical and cultural context with composer biography, music analysis, and performance practice, the text surveys Baroque music while analyzing in depth more than thirty works from the principal traditions of the period. It also places special emphasis on the evolution of instruments and performance practices, showing how the period shaped them into what we know today.

Organized by chronology and genre, the third edition expands the discussion of social and cultural issues through new sidebars on women in music, gender and the castrato voice, the relationship of music to ethnicity and colonialism, and other key areas of study. Also new are contemporary perspectives, including writings by composers Caccini and Couperin and critics Artusi, Scheibe, and Burney.

Visit the companion website at www.oup.com/us/schulenberg for a discography of the scores included in the anthology (with links to online recordings), sample worksheets, and supplementary musical scores

About the Author(s)

David Schulenberg is Department Chair and Professor of Music at Wagner College. He is the author of The Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (2014); The Music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (2010); The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach (2006); and numerous articles. He performs and records on harpsichord and other historical keyboard instruments.

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 2008
February 2001

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
    Eighteenth-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

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