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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. In Baroque pieces, the opening ***** will be heard over and ***** again in the course of the piece. Many Baroque melodies are quite ornamental and elaborate while Classical melodies are much less adorned, ***** ***** easier to play and ***** remem*****r ("Characteristics of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007; "Characteristics ***** Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007). This greater simplicity allowed Classical composers to play with the use melody more within the different movements of the piece.

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

*****: Beca***** 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. ***** ***** continuous and similar uses of melody and ***** in Baroque music means ***** Baroque harmonies are less varied ***** ***** ***** pieces ("Characteristics of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007; "***** of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007).

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

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

Dynamics: Dynamics are very clear in Baroque *****, 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 and gradual changes ***** almost n*****xistent in ***** music. Classical music makes a much wider use of in-between dynamic changes ("Characteristics of Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007; "Characteristics ***** Baroque Music," Thinkquest.org, 2007).

Discuss the Sonata Allegro Form

When and how it is used: The Sonata Allegro form developed during ***** Classical era. It is a three part form, known as an ABA *****. The first part ***** called the exposition, the second section, the development of material from ***** *****, where the melody or *****mes from the exposition are deployed by the composer in a different way, and f*****ally, there is a rec*****pitulation, as the first section is repeated ("Sonata-Allegro Form," Mr. E's ***** Cl*****sroom: Musickit, *****). The ***** tends to be ***** resolved, atonal, and d*****cordant in sound. ***** ***** was used to

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