The Baroque Era of Music History

This course will cover the composers and style of music heard during the Baroque Era.

The Major Composers of the Baroque Era

J.S. Bach was the most noted German Baroque composer. Learn about Bach's life below.

Bach's Biography

Johann Sebastian Bach was born He was born in the town of Eisenach, Germany in 1685 and died in 1750.

Read the following two websites to gain a further understand of Bach's life:

Biography from J.S. Bach Homepage

15 Facts about Bach

When did Bach live?

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How many of Bach's children went on to be musicians?

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The Music of J.S. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos

Brandenburg Concertos

The Brandenburg Concertos were group of concerto grossi composed around 1711–20. This body of musical works were dedicated to Christian Ludwig, the margrave of Brandenburg and the younger brother of King  Frederick I of Prussia.

To learn about the Brandenburg Concertos, read the following links:

Encyclopedia Britannica's Entry on the Brandenburg Concertos

NPR's Discussion of the Concertos

After you have read about the Brandenburg Concertos, listen to the 5th Concerto.

What is a concerto grosso?

The Keyboard Instruments of the Baroque Era

The Harpsichord: What Is It?

The Harpsichord

The harpsichord was a popular keyboard instrument in the Baroque era. The strings were plucked to create a sound.

To learn more about the harpsichord, read the following websites

The Harpsichord Explained on Baroque-Music.Com

How does a harpsichord make sound?

  • A harpsichord makes a sound when compressed air vibrates inside of a pipe.

Which one of these instruments is a harpsichord

The Harpsichord: What Does It Sound Like?

The Harpsichord Sound

Click on the You Tube Link to hear what a harpsichord sounds like.