Essay - Music History Baroque Versus Classical Style Melody: in Contrast to...


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Baroque versus Classical style

Melody: In contrast to Classical music, Baroque music primarily tries to create a feeling of continuity rather than tell a story through a developing, evolving, or shifting use of melody. ***** Baroque pieces, the opening ***** will be heard over and over again in ***** course of the piece. Many ***** melodies are quite *****namental and elaborate while Classical ***** are much less adorned, ***** ***** easier to play and ***** remem*****r ("Characteristics of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007; "Characteristics ***** Baroque *****," Thinkquest.org, 2007). This greater simplicity allowed Classical composers to play with ***** ***** melody more within the different movements of the piece.

Rhythm: Baroque works are characterized by ***** ***** rhythm. Rhythmic patterns heard at the beginning of ***** ***** are reiterated many times *****out the piece. The music sounds like it is pushing forward in an un*****terrupted fashion, in contrast to the more flexible use of rhythm in Classical music ("Characteristics of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, ***** "***** of ***** Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007).

*****: Because of the frequent use ***** polyphonic texture, the use of two different melodic lines that im*****ate one another, harmony is an important characteristic of Baroque pieces. ***** more continuous ***** similar uses of melody and ***** in ***** music means that Baroque harmonies are less varied ***** ***** ***** pieces ("Characteristics of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007; "***** of ***** Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007).

*****: Baroque ***** makes ***** use of polyphonic *****, where two or more ***** lines compete for the listener's attention, while Classical music is basically homophonic or singular in texture ***** melody.

F*****m: Classical works tend ***** favor *****ms that allow for many different movements, such as the sonata. Cl*****sical forms usually reach a k*****d of dramatic climax followed by a resolution. Cl*****ssical works also have a more ********** internal structure. Baroque forms tend to have clear breaks and a single mood ***** pieces, with contrasts established only through different works ("Musopen: Music His*****ry Baroque," Musopen, 2007)

Dynamics: Dynamics are very clear in Baroque music, almost jarring to the listener. Baroque dynamics are called terraced dynamics, because *****y often have a slight p*****use, almost like stepping up or down a step ***** gradual changes are almost n*****xistent in Baroque music. Classical music makes a much wider use of in-between dynamic changes ("Characteristics of ***** *****," Thinkquest.org, ********** "Characteristics of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007).

Discuss the Sonata Allegro Form

***** and how it is used: The Sonata ***** form developed during the ***** era. It ***** a three part form, known as an ABA structure. ***** first part is called ***** exposition, the second section, the development of material from the exposition, where the melody or *****mes ***** the exposition ***** deployed by the composer in a different way, and finally, ********** is a recapitulation, as the first section is repeated ("Sonata-Allegro F*****m," Mr. E's ***** Cl*****sroom: Musickit, *****). The exposition tends to be less resolved, atonal, and discordant in sound. ***** ***** was used to

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