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G.F. Handel: Chorus: `And the Glory of the Lord' from oratorio Messiah
(1742)
The Baroque era (c. 16001750)
The word `baroque' comes from the Portuguese for `pearl'.
Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach (16851750), George Frideric Handel (16851759), Henry
Purcell (c.…

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Handel composed the famous oratorio, Messiah, in only twentyfour days in the summer of 1741. It
was first performed in Dublin in 1742.

Structure of the oratorio in Messiah
Recitative
A style used in operas, oratorios and cantatas in…

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W.A. Mozart: 1st movement from Symphony No. 40 in G minor
(1788)
The classical era (c. 17501830)
Music from this era echoes the architecture in that it uses a clearcut and balanced structure.
Simplicity and clarity of the line…

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Samuel Richardson

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This is brilliantly detailed set of notes on the Baroque and Classical eras of music and Handel's 'Messiah'. Maybe make some flash cards to compliment this resource so you can test your memory. 

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