The Baroque Period

The Baroque era was marked with turbulence, contrasts and changes and this was reflected to a great degree in the music of that period.


In music history the Baroque era represents a variety of milestones and its start in 1600 coincides with the birth of opera and its end in 1750 with the death of one of its greatest and most popular composers Johann Sebastian Bach.


During the Baroque period many different forms of music, genres and new instruments were developed.

It was during the Baroque era that the major-minor system was crystallized, which culminated in providing the backbone for the Baroque style.


Furthermore, instrumental music began to carve out an equally important place for itself as vocal music. Concertos, Sacred Vocals, Chorales, Operas and Sonatas became some of the most famous musical forms of the time.


Harpsichords and Pipe Organs were some of the most commonly used instruments in the keyboard category during the Baroque era. Likewise, the Trumpet and Horn were some of the commonly used brass instruments as were the Harp and Mandolin were some of the instruments, which were popular in the string category.


In terms of wind instruments the most popularly used instruments were the Bassoon, Oboe, Flute and Recorder.


It was during the Baroque Era in music (1600 - 1750) that construction of the Taj Mahal was completed. From a political standpoint, this era marked the end of the Ming Dynasty in China and the ascension of Peter the Great in Russia.