p. 494. Repertories: Baroque
- Kelly Thomas Forrest
‘Repertories: Baroque’ covers the music of the Baroque era. Baroque music was filled with passion, drama, rhetoric, and gesture, with opera spanning the entire age. Baroque musical style tends to have a single mood with a regular rhythm suited to dancing. Opera is essentially theatre in song, the melody allowing the literary quality to become clear. Over time these operas became codified into a combination of recitatives and arias. Baroque instrumental music can be divided into sonatas and concertos (modelled mainly on the work of Corelli and Vivaldi), and has been influential throughout Europe. Baroque was key to the professional early music revival, and has never really left our repertory.