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Cantata: History

Cantata comes from the word cantare, which indicates”to sing.” In its early form, cantatas referred to some music piece that is supposed to be sung. Nevertheless, as with almost any musical form, the cantata has evolved throughout the years. Loosely defined today, a cantata is a work with multiple movements Read more…

By Baroque Singers, ago
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A brief history of Oratorio

According to Willi Apel, the oratorio history starts in the mid sixteenth century .These contained readings from religious text, a sermon and a sing of laude. A kind of laude was the dialogue laude. These were spiritual poems written in three or four parts and performed with different kinds of Read more…

By Baroque Singers, ago
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Opera through the ages

The very first musical theater work that we could define as an opera today was Jacopo Peri’s Dafne, written in the late 1590 s. Little of Peri’s score survives so Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo of 1607 takes the crown as the first work which you’re able to hear. Both these composers Read more…

By Baroque Singers, ago
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Baroque Vocal Music

While forms in earlier eras continued to be utilized, like the motet or special dances, the interest in music as a kind of rhetoric triggered the development of genres, especially in the region of vocal music. A lot of the forms linked to The Baroque era come directly out of Read more…

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The characteristics of Baroque music

The new interest in music’s remarkable and the rhetorical possibilities gave rise to a lot of new sound ideas during the Baroque period. Contrast as an element Contrast is an essential ingredient from the drama of a special composition. The gaps between loud and soft, solo and ensemble, different instruments Read more…

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