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Bach Study Stack

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Baroque The Baroque era refers to a style of music that was written from 1600-1750. Music from this era is typically elaborate and ornate and highlights contrasts of tempo and volume. Composers from this era include Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi.
Cantata A work consisting of solos, duets, and choruses sung with orchestra, without costumes or scenery. This form was an important part of church services during the Baroque era. It was later used for secular subjects, often in celebration of important events.
Sonata A composition for one or more solo instruments, one of which is usually a keyboard. It generally consists of 3 or 4 contrasting movements. This form has been used by composers from the Baroque era to the present day.
Suite A larger work consisting of individual movements written for orchestra. It is also a term often given to a collection of pieces taken from music written for an opera or ballet and comiled into an orchestral Suite for performance in a concert setting.
Concerto A composition for one or more solo instruments with orchestral accompaniment and usually consisting of three contrasting movements. This musical form has been used by composers from the Baroque era up until the present day.
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