Characteristics of the Baroque

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What should I listen for in Baroque Music?

Characteristics of the Baroque

1. The steady pulse in the bass gives Baroque music its feeling of drive and energy.

2. The melodic line has an ornate texture and is often marked by a spinning out of a single melodic figure.

3. The main source of expression for the Baroque composer was the contrast between soft and loud. This shift from one level to the other is called terraced dynamics.



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