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An era of continuous and far-reaching musical evolution, the Baroque period witnessed the invention of opera and oratorio and the emergence of such instrumental genres as the sonata, suite, and concerto, which continue to engage composers today. An ideal instructional package for courses in music history and literature, Music of the Baroque, Second 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 forty works from the principal traditions of the period. An opening chapter on late-Renaissance vocal music and a closing chapter on galant instrumental music provide bridges to earlier and later European music.

Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect current scholarship, this second edition of Music of the Baroque offers expanded coverage of instrumental music, with new sections on French lute music and the Italian trumpet sinfonia, along with enhanced discussion of chamber music from Salomone Rossi to Biber and Corelli. French sacred music also receives renewed attention. Offering models for musical criticism and analysis in a variety of compositional styles, author David Schulenberg analyzes familiar works like Monteverdi's Orfeo and a Bach cantata as well as lesser-known compositions, including works by Barbara Strozzi and Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre. Incorporates a wealth of pedagogical resources including synopses of operatic works; biographical timelines for major composers; numerous illustrations, musical examples, andanalytical tables; highlighting and explanations of technical terms upon first appearance; and carefully formulated definitions of each new concept, Revised to incorporate the latest in Baroque music scholarship, including an updated bibliography and many new music examples and illustrations, Accompanied by a companion anthology that contains more than fifty pieces for analysis, Supplemented by the author's website,, which provides a discography for pieces included in the anthology. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students, Music of the Baroque, Second Edition, is also essential reading for anyone who desires an up-to-date introduction to the serious study of Baroque music.

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David Schulenberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Wagner College as well as an internationally respected harpsichordist

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"[A]n extraordinarily well-conceived textbook and anthology.--Music & Letters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195331066
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/23/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Music History, 1600-1750: Some Basic Ideas 1
Historical Background: Western Europe, 1600-1750 3
Music in European History, 1600-1750 6
The Place of Music and Musicians in Society 8
Performance Practices 10
2 A Sixteenth-Century Prologue: Motet and Madrigal 15
The Late Renaissance Motet: Palestrina and Lassus 18
The Madrigal: Gesualdo and Monteverdi 32
3 Transitions around 1600 40
Some General Developments 41
Instruments 43
Monody 48
4 Monteverdi and Early Baroque Musical Drama 59
Claudio Monteverdi 59
Monteverdi's Orfeo 63
The Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda 73
Venetian Opera 79
5 Lully and French Musical Drama 88
The French Style 89
Lully's Armide 100
6 Secular Vocal Music of the Later Seventeenth Century 110
Barbara Strozzi 110
Alessandro Scarlatti and the Later Cantata 115
English Vocal Music in the Later Seventeenth Century 126
7 Seventeenth-Century Sacred Music 131
Sacred Music in Venice: Giovanni Gabrieli 132
Sacred Music in Germany: Heinrich Schutz 140
Seventeenth-Century Oratorio 148
8 Late Baroque Opera 157
Handel 165
Rameau 173
9 Late Baroque Sacred Music 181
Johann Sebastian Bach 184
Handel: Jephtha 200
10 Baroque Keyboard Music I: Toccata and Suite 209
Keyboard Instruments of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 211
The Uses of Keyboard Music 216
Baroque Keyboard Music in Italy 217
Baroque Keyboard Music in France and Germany 222
11 Baroque Keyboard Music II: Fugues, Pieces, and Sonatas 234
Later Baroque German Keyboard Music 234
Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music in France 249
Other Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Composers 255
12 Baroque Music for Instrumental Ensemble: The Sonata 260
The Chiet Ensemble Instruments of the Baroque 261
Types of Baroque Music for Instrumental Ensemble 273
The Baroque Sonata 276
Biber 279
Corelli 284
13 The Baroque Instrumental Concerto 292
Corelli and the Concerto Grosso 293
The Solo Concerto 296
J. S. Bach and the Concerto 301
14 A Mid-Eighteenth-Century Epilogue: The Galant Style 307
The Galant Style 307
Telemann 311
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 315
Bibliography 322
Index 340
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