1st Edition

Music in the Baroque World
History, Culture, and Performance

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ISBN 9780415842761
Published September 2, 2015 by Routledge
376 Pages

USD $73.95

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Book Description

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.


    • An interdisciplinary approach that balances detailed analysis of specific pieces of music and broader historical overview and relevance
    • A selection of historical documents at the end of each chapter that position musical works and events in their cultural context
    • Extensive musical examples that show the melodic, textural, harmonic, or structural features of baroque music and enhance the utility of the textbook for undergraduate and graduate music majors
    • A global perspective with a chapter on Music in the Americas
    • A companion score anthology and website with links to audio/video content of key performances and research and writing guides

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Susan Lewis is Director of the School of Music and Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Victoria, Canada.

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Companion Website

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