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Baroque era

baroque c. 1600-1750; era named for barocco, mis-shaped pearl
basso continuo acompaniment with chords and a single bass line; typically harpsichord and cello
equal temperament a tuning system where averaging pitches allows an instrument to move between keys
figured bass a single bass line with numbers to indicate what chords are to be filled in
major/minor tonality harmonic structure, where a tonic can be identified as part of the key
homophonic texture the parts form chords vertically
polyphonic texture each part has its own melody as it interacts with the others
terraced dynamics volume changes in blocks of loud and quiet
the Affections the mood or emotion created by the music
word painting the music is designed to illustrate the accompanying words, such as water, wind, thunder; hills, flat land.
virtuosity playing or singing which displays extraordinary competence
Created by: tdaniell