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Baroque: 1600 ­ 1750
Major composers: Bach, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi
o Dominated by harpsichord and strings (although other instruments ­ NO clarinets)
o Bass line very important ­ basso continuo. Two instruments. And ground bass
o Very little change of mood.
o Lots of ornaments change the melody.…

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1820 ­ 1900
Composers: Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann
o Strings dominate!
o Huge range of dynamics!
o Changing rhythmic patterns
o Some use of rubato ­ flexible changes in time
o Texture much thicker ­ both homophony and polyphony very important
o More frequent and wider ranging…


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