Baroque and Classical Opinions

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In Music
  • 1573

    Florentine Camerata

    The Florentine Camerata is formed not-so-secret society of musicians working together to make music behave.
  • Early Opera

    The early operas begin. Giulio Caccini, Jacopo Peri, Claudio Monteverdi are some composers of early opera.
  • Baroque begins

    approx beginning
  • Thirty Year's War Begins

    An awful war between pretty much all of Europe. Think the Spanish Empire and the Holy Roman Empire versus everyone else.
  • American Colonies

    Columbus lands at Plymouth Rock and unintelligently assumes its India without any evidence
  • Heinrich Schutz's Dafne

    Schutz's opera Dafne is performed as the first German opera
  • Jean Baptiste Lully born

    French composer famous for many works that are very frilly and majestically French.
  • Fiori Musicali

    Girolamo Frescobaldi creates the "Fiori musicali" known to influence J.S. Bach later.
  • First Public Opera House

    Venice opens first public opera.
  • Dietrich Buxtehude born

    Famous Danish composer
  • Monteverdi's "Eight books of Madrigals"

    Claudio Montiverdi publishes his famous madrigals
  • English Civil War Begins

    People learned that they are being taken advantage of... Enough said.
  • Monteverdi's "Il Ritorno d' Ulisse"

    an opera in which King Ulysses returns home and finding his wife being beleaguered by suitors kills the suitors brutally with arrows.
  • Monteverdi dies

  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber born

    German composer; wrote a bunch of difficult(at the time) violin works
  • Schutz's "Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich"

    A vesper in which Schutz is showing very baroque ideas. He later switches back to reduced and simple harmonies.
  • Viennese Opera House

    First opera house built in Vienna
  • Arcangelo Corelli born

    Italian composer; he pretty much set the violin up for success as a principal instrument
  • Heinrich Schutz dies

  • Giacomo Carissimi dies

  • Antonio Vivaldi born

  • Hamburg Opera House

    First German opera house built
  • Georg Philipp Telemann born

  • George Frideric Handel born

    German born composer, ended up in England. Composer-businessman who wrote pretty much anything
  • Johann Sebastian Bach born

    German composer, stayed in Germany mostly, wrote everything musical except opera. Just cause
  • Domenico Scarlatti born

    Italian; composed a lot of keyboard works. So many keyboard works
  • Jean Baptiste Lully dies

  • Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

    A weird love story where the Queen of Carthage Dido marries the hero Aeneas. Eventually Dido says "nah, man" and rejects Aeneas who is being tricked. She then commits soliloquy suicide to be super dramatic
  • Salem witch trials

  • Handel's St. John Passion

  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber dies

  • Dietrich Buxtehude dies

  • Bartolomeo Cristofori's Pianoforte is built

    Sounded terrible and couldn't stay in tune, they eventually added an iron plate to keep it in tune.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi born

  • Corelli's "Twelve Concerti Grossi"

    Very nice concertos
  • Handel's Il Pastor fido

    Another love drama where a triangle becomes a quadrilateral of sorts. Eventually all is well in the end and everyone lives happily ever after. Except for Eurilla who orchestrated some bad stuff that helped the protagonists.
  • Arcangelo Corelli ascends to immortality

    Just kidding, actually he died.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach born

    AKA C.P.E. Bach
  • Christoph Willibold Gluck born

    figured out some forms that occurred in music and defined the sonata-allegro form and others.
  • Johann Stamitz born

  • Brandenburg Concertos

    J.S. Bach writes now famous concertos. Did it sell back then? Probably not.
  • J.S. Bach's St. John Passion

    Bach pulls an I'm better than you on Handel. Debatable I suppose
  • Concert Spirituel

    The first ever public concert house! The poor and the rich all huddled together for the common goal of listening to music! Must've smelled pretty bad. Anne Danican Philidor the founder is actually a man!
  • Other Scarlatti dies

    That Domenico's father Alessandro dies, but he wasn't really super important to music history in Herrings concise book.
  • John Gay's "Beggar's Opera"

    An English ballad opera (satire of opera comique) in which some bad guys are the main characters. Macheath falls for the big boss' daughter Polly and gets owned because of it. He is a playboy and has too many women. He ultimately gets caught, tried and pardoned. He escapes with Polly. This opera destroyed the Italian operas popularity and caused Handel to withdraw from the world of opera
  • J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion

  • Franz Joseph Haydn born

    He was haydn all along just waiting for his chance.
  • Pergolesi's La serva padrona

    A famous opera buffa, became a standard. In this opera a lecherous old man falls for his servant who wants to become the master. It is extreme parody of opera, and practically slapstick.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi dies

  • Handel's Messiah

    The most famous oratorio
  • Antonio Vivaldi dies

    He was very poor and starved to death.
  • Luigi Boccherini born

    Italian composer who wrote a very catchy and famous minuet and trio.
  • J.S. Bach's Das Musikalische Opfer

    "The musical offering" better remembered as musicalicious to those who have humor.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach dies

    The baroque period ended with his death. People just had to move on and transition, but man Bach wrote a bunch of stuff.
  • End of the Baroque Era

    Bach's death signaled the end.
  • Classical Era begins

  • Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Amadeus Theophilius Mozart born

    Better known as the genius prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Domenico Scarlatti dies

  • Johann Stamitz dies

  • George Frideric Handel dies

    imparting a complex on English music for 300 years
  • Industrial Revolution

  • Georg Philipp Telemann dies

    succeeded by C.P.E. Bach
  • Smallpox Vaccine

  • Ludwig van Beethoven born

    It is (bay-toe-vin) not (Beeth-oven). A sort-of-kinda classical composer. He was actually romantic transitionalist.
  • Declaration of Independence

  • Beethoven raised on lies!

    Beethoven's father reveals now 8 year old Ludwig as a 6 year old prodigy! Confusing all but especially Beethoven!
  • Nicolo Paganini born

  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

    Another playboy opera where Don Giovanni conquers all the women. All of them.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach dies

  • Mozart dies

    His name is too long, he died too young, he was too good.
  • Tutorship of Beethoven

    Beethoven's teacher was always Haydn so it was difficult to find him.
  • Gioachino Rossini born

    Famous for the Barber of Seville and many other overtures and songs.
  • Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin

  • Franz Schubert born

  • Count Alessandro Volta's Battery

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Johann Strauss I born

    a danceaholic
  • Napoleon Emperor of France

  • Luigi Boccherini dies

  • Franz Joseph Haydn dies

  • Felix Mendelssohn born

  • Frederic Chopin born

  • Robert Schumann born

  • Franz Liszt born

  • Giuseppe Verdi born

  • Richard Wagner born

  • Rossini's Barber of Seville

    The Looney Tunes is well known for this piece.
  • Charles Gounod born

  • Beethoven 100% deaf

    This did not improve his disposition
  • Jacques Offenbach born

  • Classical Era ends

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    The time in which music became was beaten into submission and became polyphonic and made more sense in the modern harmonic way.
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    Thirty Year's War

    An awful war between pretty much all of Europe. Think the Spanish Empire and the Holy Roman Empire versus everyone else.
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    English Civil War

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    Spanish Succession War

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    Great Awakening

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    Music is taken out of submission and pampered as though it were perfect. Becomes entertainment.
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    French-Indian War

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    Revolutionary War

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    French Revolution