Music in the Baroque World: History, Culture, Performance offers an interdisciplinary study of the music of Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and first half of the eighteenth centuries. It answers calls for an approach that balances culture, history, and musical analysis, with an emphasis on performance considerations such as notation, instruments, and performance techniques. It situates musical events in their intellectual, social, religious, and political contexts and enables in-depth discussion and critical analysis. The companion web site provide links to scores and audio/visual performances, making this a complete course for the study of Baroque music.
Music in the Baroque World: History, Culture, Performance tells stories of local traditions, cultural exchange, performance trends, and artistic mixing. It illuminates representative works through the lens of politics, visual arts, theology, print culture, gender, domesticity, commerce, and cultural influence and exchange.
Introduction: Theories of Genre and Style in Baroque Music 1. Early Opera: Courtly and Public 2. Music and Propaganda: Music at the Court of Louis XIV 3. Instrumental Chamber Music in Italy and Abroad: Arcangelo Corelli and His Followers 4. The London Stage: George Frideric Handel’s 1735 Season at Covent Garden 5. Johann Sebastian Bach and the Lutheran Tradition