The Baroque Timeline
The Baroque Era consisted between 1600-1750
It saw religious wars between Protestants and Catholics
It saw the rise of middle-class culture. A more broad audience for music.
Harmony was notated with a figured bass. It allowed the performer to improvise chords.
The bass section was played by a basso continuo and played by two musicians. A cello and a harpsichord usually.
The Diatonic system of music was introduced. Major and Minor tonality.
Early Baroque music moved freely, whilst later baroque music was regular rhythms and expansive melodies.
As the complexity of instruments improved so did the musicians. The introduction of the Virtuoso.
Questions to answer,
What was new about Baroque music at the beginning of the Baroque era?
How did Baroque musicians bring Drama to music?