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Michael Starke

Contains many free files in Mp3 format. Some are by Baroque masters and some are  compositions in the Baroque style by Michael Starke.

Chicago Baroque Ensemble

Formed in 1993 to perform music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on period instruments. To date the Ensemble has presented five seasons of critically acclaimed, sold-out concerts as well as seven live broadcast concerts for WFMT radio.

Handel by Brad Leissa

Created in the hope that Handel (the man, the composer, and his music) is more accessible to the ever-growing internet community interested in Classical music.

WETA 90.9 FM
Washington D.C.

Your station for classical music and National Public Radio in D.C. If you live in the Washington D.C. area, you can catch Baroque music on the Sunday Morning Baroque program on WETA 90.9 F M Washington, DC Sunday mornings. until 10:00 a. m.

Ensemble La Canzona

A baroque group from France.

Bob Fink's Olde-Musicke

Canadian Bob Fink's music compositions written in classical, baroque, counterpoint or other old traditional styles.

Renaissance & Baroque
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A short summary of Baroque music

Baroque music, from the Baroque period of Western Classical Music, was composed in the range of the late 1600s to 1700s AD. The first Baroque composer is widely recognized to be Claudio Monteverdi. The death of Johann Sebastian Bach (1750) is generally considered to mark the end of the Baroque period.

Important Features of Baroque music:

  • basso continuo - new music notation system for bass parts
  • Monody - music for one voice without accompaniment
  • Homophony - only one independent musical party
  • text over music - intelligible text with humble (not overpowering) instrumental accompaniment
  • vocal soloists ('bel canto')
  • dramatic musical expression
  • new instrumental techniques, like tremolo and pizzicato
  • new musical forms like opera, drama per musica
  • clear and linear melody
  • the aria
  • the ritornello aria (repeted short instrumental interruptions of vocal passages)
  • virtuosity
  • the 'stile concertato' (contrast in sound between orchestra and solo-instruments or small groups of instruments
  • better use of properties of each type of musical instrument
  • ornamentation
  • development to modern Western tonality (major and minor scales)


Forms of Baroque music include:

  • Concerto grosso
  • Fugue
  • Oratorio
  • Passion music
  • Cantata
  • Opera
  • Mass
  • Suite
  • Sonata


Famous Baroque composers include, in chronological order:

  • Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
  • Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
  • Tomasso Albinoni (1674-1745)
  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • George Friderich Handel (1685-1759)
  • Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
  • Domenico Alberti (1710-1740)
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
  • Karl Friedrich Abel (1725-1787)
  • Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)

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