Musical time periods

musical time periods

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C20

  • angular and spiky 
  • dissonant and chromatic intervals
  • wide leaps
  • dischord and conchords
  • dissonance
  • syncopation
  • polyrhythms
  • change of metre
  • electronic devices
  • percussion
  • wide range of pitch
  • strange combination of timbre
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Romantic

  • emotions
  • orchestra
  • rich harmonies
  • dischords
  • recurring themes
  • dense texture
  • contrapuntal
  • modulations
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Classical

  • homophonic
  • light texture
  • orchestra
  • instrumental music
  • short melodies
  • variety and contrast
  • cadences 
  • sonata form - most important style 
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Baroque

  • homophonic/polyphonic
  • rich texture
  • basso continuo
  • harpsichord
  • chorale, opera, dance suite
  • binary, ternary, fugue
  • energetic
  • ornaments
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Renaissance

  • contrapuntal
  • rich texture 
  • accidentals
  • modes
  • flow of chords
  • same instruments - different size and pitch
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