Baroque music is a style of music composed by Western civilization from the years 1600ad to 1750ad. It was immediately after the Renaissance and was followed by the Classical Era. The music is characterized as being heavily ornamented and incredibly ornate, characteristics which were later used to inform and define the concurrent architecture of the period. Here are three intriguing and talented composers of the Baroque era:
Bach was a German composer and musician who was well renowned for his instrumental compositions and vocal music. He is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, and established and enriched a high number of German styles through harmonic, motivic, and counterpoint organization. During his lifetime he was most widely known as an organist.
George Frideric Handel
Handel was a German composer who spent most of his career in London. He became renowned for his operas, anthems, organ concertos, and oratorios. While in London, he started three opera companies to supply the English nobility with opera performances. His well-received works that continue to remain popular include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Over the course of thirty years of production, he produces more than forty operas thus both impressive in quality of work as well as sheer magnitude.
Scarlotti was a Baroque composer from Italy who also founded the Neapolitan School of Opera. His music is significant in that it forms a bridge between Baroque Italian vocal styles of the 17th century and classical schools of the 18th century. He composed a combination of Operas, oratorios, and masses which all exhibit a similar and definite style. His last group of Operas was composed for Rome is characterized as having a poetic feel, dignified melody, and dramatic accompaniment–this was the first time horns appeared in his work.