Baroque Music in Focus examines in a clear and concise way, what makes Baroque music special, how it began and how it changed and developed. There are helpful details on the most commonly used baroque dances and instruments: what they looked like and how they were played. The circumstances for first performances are also covered.
Suitable for students and teachers, this guide traces the transition from the Baroque to the Classical style. It includes an exploration into the concerti grossi, oratorio, suite and opera genres: what made them, what are the aspects that never varied and which features change from composer to composer and piece to piece. The 19th century Bach revival as well as modern period performance are addressed, providing a thorough exploration of the genre.