Baroque September

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time. 

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named early (1550–99), middle (1600–49), and late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 yearsModern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some September born Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.

Early era:

Girolamo Frescobaldi (Sept 13, 1583) was a very important composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods.

Portrait of Henry Purcell by John Closterman

Late era:

Johann Pachelbel (Sept 1, 1653) was one of the most important composers of the Baroque era and is still widely remembered for his Canon in D because it plays in every restaurant at some point. Find an hour of his best here.

Pietro Locatelli (Sept 3, 1695) was a Baroque composer also considered a violin virtuoso.

Carl Heinrich Biber (Sept 4, 1681) was a composer in the late Baroque/Roccoco style.

Henry Purcell (Sept 10, 1659) was an English composer of Baroque music.

Giuseppe Matteo Alberti (Sept 20, 1685) was a Baroque composer and violinist.

Jean-Philippe Rameau (Sept 25, 1683) was a Baroque composer. He is well remembered for his operas.

 

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