In reference to music, they based their ideals on a perception of Classical especially ancient Greek musical drama that valued discourse and oration. With figured bass, numbers, accidentals or symbols were placed above the bassline that was read by keyboard instrument players such as harpsichord players or pipe organists or lutenists. The numbers, accidentals or symbols indicated to the keyboard player what intervals are to be played above each bass note. The keyboard player would improvise a chord voicing for each bass note.
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In reference to music, they based their ideals on a perception of Classical especially ancient Greek musical drama that valued discourse and oration. With figured bass, numbers, accidentals or symbols were placed above the bassline that was read by keyboard instrument players such as harpsichord players or pipe organists or lutenists.
The numbers, accidentals or symbols indicated to the keyboard player what intervals are to be played above each bass note. The keyboard player would improvise a chord voicing for each bass note.
An interest in harmony had also existed among certain composers in the Renaissance, notably Carlo Gesualdo ;  However, the use of harmony directed towards tonality a focus on a musical key that becomes the "home note" of a piece , rather than modality , marks the shift from the Renaissance into the Baroque period. He developed two individual styles of composition—the heritage of Renaissance polyphony prima pratica and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque seconda pratica.
With basso continuo, a small group of musicians would play the bassline and the chords which formed the accompaniment for a melody. The basso continuo group would typically use one or more keyboard players and a lute player who would play the bassline and improvise the chords and several bass instruments e. Idiomatic instrumental textures became increasingly prominent.
The style of palace, and the court system of manners and arts he fostered became the model for the rest of Europe. The realities of rising church and state patronage created the demand for organized public music, as the increasing availability of instruments created the demand for chamber music , which is music for a small ensemble of instrumentalists. He purchased patents from the monarchy to be the sole composer of operas for the French king and to prevent others from having operas staged.
Musically, he did not establish the string-dominated norm for orchestras, which was inherited from the Italian opera, and the characteristically French five-part disposition violins, violas—in hautes-contre, tailles and quintes sizes—and bass violins had been used in the ballet from the time of Louis XIII.
He did, however, introduce this ensemble to the lyric theatre, with the upper parts often doubled by recorders, flutes, and oboes, and the bass by bassoons. Trumpets and kettledrums were frequently added for heroic scenes.
The florid, coloratura monody of the early Baroque gave way to a simpler, more polished melodic style. These melodies were built from short, cadentially delimited ideas often based on stylized dance patterns drawn from the sarabande or the courante.
The harmonies, too, might be simpler than in the early Baroque monody, to show expression in a lighter manner on the string and crescendos and diminuendos on longer notes. The accompanying bass lines were more integrated with the melody, producing a contrapuntal equivalence of the parts that later led to the device of an initial bass anticipation of the aria melody. This harmonic simplification also led to a new formal device of the differentiation of recitative a more spoken part of opera and aria a part of opera that used sung melodies.
The most important innovators of this style were the Romans Luigi Rossi and Giacomo Carissimi , who were primarily composers of cantatas and oratorios, respectively, and the Venetian Francesco Cavalli , who was principally an opera composer. Dynamics were "terraced", that is with a sharp transition from loud to soft and back again. Fast sections and slow sections were juxtaposed against each other.
His duties as Werkmeister involved acting as the secretary, treasurer, and business manager of the church, while his position as organist included playing for all the main services, sometimes in collaboration with other instrumentalists or vocalists, who were also paid by the church. Entirely outside of his official church duties, he organised and directed a concert series known as the Abendmusiken , which included performances of sacred dramatic works regarded by his contemporaries as the equivalent of operas.
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The beginnings of the concerto style : Gabrieli ; The monody : Peri and Caccini ; Transformation of the madrigal : Monteverdi ; The influence of the dance on vocal music ; Emancipation of instrumental music : Frescobaldi ; The rise of the opera : Monteverdi ; Tradition and progress in sacred music -- Chapter 3 : Early and middle Baroque in the northern countries. The culmination of late Baroque music in Italy ; The rise of tonality ; Concerto grosso and solo concerto ; Ensemble sonata and solo sonata ; Opera seria and opera buffa : cantata and sacred music ; Late Baroque and Rococo style in France ; Ensemble and clavecin music ; Opera and cantata in France -- Chapter 8 : Fusion of national styles : Bach. The state of secular vocal music in Germany before Handel ; Handel : German apprentice period ; Italian journeyman period ; English master period : operas, oratorios, instrumental music ; Bach and Handel, a comparison -- Chapter 10 : Form in Baroque music. Formal principles and formal schemes ; Style and form ; Audible and inaudible order -- Chapter 11 : Musical thought of the Baroque era. Code of performance : composer and performer ; Theory and practice of composition ; Musical speculation -- Chapter 12 : Sociology of Baroque music. Courtly musical institutions of state and church : private patronage ; Civic musical institutions : collective patronage ; Social and economic aspects of music and musicians This history of the music of the Baroque Era in Europe--roughly, from the 17th century through the first half of the 18th--covers the entire field, from Monteverdi and Schutz at its inception to the great works of Bach and Handel. The Netherlands school and its English background ; English antecedents : the abstract instrumental style ; The Netherlands: Sweelinck ; Germany and Austria in the 17th century ; Chorale and devotional song ; Chorale motet and choral concertato : Schein ; The dramatic concertato : Schutz ; Continuo Lied, opera and oratorio ; Instrumental music : Scheidt, Froberger, and Biber -- Chapter 4 : Italian music of the middle Baroque.
The French baroque and Portuguese barroco were terms often associated with jewelry. The singing is harsh and unnatural, the intonation difficult, and the movement limited. This was the sense of the word as used in by the leading art historian Jacob Burkhardt, who wrote that baroque artists "despised and abused detail" because they lacked "respect for tradition. The first phase of the Counter-Reformation had imposed a severe, academic style on religious architecture, which had appealed to intellectuals but not the mass of churchgoers. The Council of Trent decided instead to appeal to a more popular audience, and declared that the arts should communicate religious themes with direct and emotional involvement. The dome was one of the central symbolic features of Baroque architecture illustrating the union between the heavens and the earth, The inside of the cupola was lavishly decorated with paintings of angels and saints, and with stucco statuettes of angels, giving the impression to those below of looking up at heaven. Quadratura paintings of Atlantes below the cornices appear to be supporting the ceiling of the church.