Musical style

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  • Musical style
    • Baroque
      • very prominent bass line
      • figured bass: basso continuo (harpsichord/organ; cello/bass)
      • small orchestra
    • Classical
      • short, regular phrase-lengths
      • symphony
      • string quartet
      • consonant harmony
      • tonic-dominant harmony
    • Romantic
      • bigger brass section than Classical period
      • programmatic (tells a story)
      • more expressive
      • greater dynamic range than Classical period
    • 20th Century
      • very dissonant harmony
      • some atonal
      • much more complex rhythm (syncopation, polyrhythm)
      • form becomes much more complex and unpredictable


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