What is Baroque music?

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Baroque music forms a major portion of the “classical music” canon, and is now widely studied and performed.
Composed from approximately 1580 to 1750, it followed the Renaissance music era, and was followed in turn by the Classical era.
Claudio Monteverdi, considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods of music history, was also a pioneer in the development of opera.
Other key composers of the Baroque era include: Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Domenico Scarlatti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Marin Marais…
Baroque music can be performed with modern instruments, but the real miracle happens when the orquestra uses historical instruments with gut strings, harpsichord and wind instruments such as the recorder or the baroque oboe.
One of the most peculiar voices of contemporary performances of baroque music is the one of the countertenor – the male singer whose vocal range is equivalent to that of alto, mezzo-soprano, or even soprano – the voice that brings us today arias composed initially for castrato contralto – historically a singer whose vocal extension corresponds to that of female voices, due to castration as a child.

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