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HISTORY OF MUSIC – 3 4 0 0 4

This course will explore the Baroque period of Western Classical Music

UNIT 1                                                 12
Transition from Renaissance to Baroque in instrumental music, Early Baroque Music, Middle Baroque Music, Late Baroque music,Characteristic features of Baroque period
UNIT 2                                                 12
Figured Bass, cantata, oratorio, Monody, opera, chamber music, Dance suite or partitas
/Overture /Allemande /Courante/Sarabande /Gigue/,Gavotte /Bourrée /Minuet /Passepied /Rigau don
UNIT 3                                                 12
Prelude /Entrée /Bassocontinuo / concerto / concerto grosso/,Ornamentation Trill, Mordent,Tremolo / Pizzicato ,da capo aria / ritornello aria concertato style ,Notation writing Modes, Octatonic Scale, Augmented and Diminished Triads

UNIT 4                                                12

Study of select Instruments in Baroque period

Common name Baroque era name Type
trumpet Tromba brass, trumpet
tromba da tirarsi tromba da tirarsi brass, trumpet
high trumpet clarino brass, trumpet
Cornett Cornetto brass, cornett
Trombone Trombone brass, trombone
Horn Corno brass, horn
corno da caccia corno da caccia brass, horn
corno da tirarsi corno da tirarsi brass, horn
Lituus Lituo brass, lituus
Timpani timpani percussion
recorder flauto (dolce) woodwind, recorder
descant recorder flauto piccolo woodwind, recorder
transverse flute flauto traverso woodwind, flute
Common name Baroque era name Type
Oboe Oboe woodwind, oboe
oboe d’amore oboe d’amore woodwind, oboe
tenor oboe taille woodwind, oboe
oboe da caccia oboe da caccia woodwind, oboe
Bassoon Fagotto woodwind, bassoon
Violin Violino string, Baroque violin
violin piccolo violino piccolo string, violin
Viola Viola string, viola
Cello Violoncello string, cello
violoncello piccolo violoncello piccolo string, cello
viola d’amore viola d’amore string, viola
viola da gamba viola da gamba string, viol
Violetta violetta string, viola
Violone violone string, viol
Organ Organo key, organ
Harpsichord Cembalo key, harpsichord
Lute Liuto string, lute
continuo basso continuo bass group


UNIT 5                                                        12

  • Study of the contribution of selected composers of Baroque Era
  • Composer in the Renaissance/Baroque transitional era – Philippe de Monte (1521–1603)
  • Composers of the Early Baroque era – Sebastián Raval (1550–1604), Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger, or Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (c. 1580–1651)
  • Composers of the Middle Baroque era – Abraham Megerle (1607–1680)
  • Composers of the Late Baroque era – Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), Italian composer, violinist, teacher and cleric, Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), George Frederic Handel (1685–1759)
  • The Bach family – Johann Ambrosius Bach, Heinrich Bach, Johann Christoph Bach ,Johann Bernhard Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), German composer and organist

Listening sessions wherever possible

Total:                                                               60h


At the end of this course the students will be able to,

CO-1: Understand the characteristic features of the music of the Baroque period

CO-2: Understand the forms of music prevalent in the Baroque period

CO-3: Understand the articulations and dynamics in the period

CO-4: Understand select instruments of the era.

CO-5: Understand the contribution of select composers of Baroque Era


1. A History of Baroque Music by George J. Buelow