A Magnificent Battlefield: The Baroque Period


I guess that souls who love magnificence want to come back to the world in these years. The Baroque period covers a period of approximately 1600 years, starting with the Daphne Opera, which was the first opera attempt in the 1750s, until the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 150. The Baroque Age is the musical break of an era that appealed to the nobility, and its splendor and pomp were reflected in architecture, painting and music. Sources tell us that the word Baroque is based on the term 'barroco', meaning shapeless pearl. You may wonder why a period that is said to be so magnificent and wonderful is named with the shapeless 'barroco', the answer is given to us by the Genoese philosopher and writer Jean Jacques Rousseau;

“Baroque music is music where harmony is not clear, full of dissonance, difficult tones and difficult to move”

You can easily distinguish the works of this period from the Classical period and the Romantic period. musical character; It consists of contrasts, the passionate clash of instrument and vocals. It is not as emotional as romantic music, and not as clear as the Renaissance period.

I think it would be enough to call you Vivaldi, Bach, Handel to remember the period better. When Antonio Vivaldi completed the Gloria,RV 1700 Koral in early 589. People were coming to Venice from different places to renew themselves with this religious music. ( Petr Andreevic Tolstoj, 1968) Born in Venice, Vivaldi spent most of his working life here. He is among the musicians with the rank of priest. At the girls' orphanage, where she takes care of
(Ospedale della Pieta) provided a high standard of musical education to the remaining nuns. Judith's Triumphs Oratorio is one of the eye-catching works of the period that you must listen to. Judit is a work written for instruments inspired by the opera text of Giacomo Casetti, its expression in the Vivaldi work; The characters' entrance, sitting, moving from one place to another and falling asleep are described in an extraordinary way with sounds.

Georg Philipp Telemann, whose name I think you have heard less often, was one of the most prolific musicians of the period. He wrote a large number of wordless music, including about 125 concertos. All of these works constituted the showcase of the concerto history in Germany in the first half of the 18th century. His work, 'Tafelmusic' (1733), known as 'Baroque Snare Drum Art', became the cornerstone of its period. The name given to the work defines entertainment music rather than the orchestral music accompanying the meal.

Another important musician of the Baroque Period with his magnificent and dignified music is Jean Philippe Rameau. If you haven't met him before, I suggest you start with the opera Castor et Pollux (1737), which is a perfect example of the gestural character of music. This story, which deals with the theme of siblings, begins with the confusion caused by the death of Castor being the twin brother of the immortal Poullux. The return of the mortal Castor to life with divine intervention is handled. This story is woven with separation, love and victory. ends with its placement in the belt. In the lament part, you will feel the magnificent sadness, the arrogance of the instruments playing in soft tones in the mourning of Castor's lover. On the other hand, the breathtaking short aria written for an exuberant planet where everything falls into place has a penetrating appeal. This sad atmosphere with a happy ending affects us deeply.


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