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In Music
  • Symphony

    A three or four movement work for orchestra that was innovated by Sammartini.
  • The Boston Massacre

  • American War

    The American war for independence begins. About 15 months later while still in war Thomas Jefferson drafted the declaration of independence.
  • Minuet

    Extremely popular around the late 18th century.
  • Motet

    Solo works for a singer and orchestra
  • Parita

    A multi-movement instrumental work that usually contained a mixture of dance numbers.
  • Banjamin Franklin dies

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    Pietro Metastasio

    Most important author of librettos for the 18th century.
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    Giovanni Battista Sammartini

    Galant Italian composer and innovator of the symphony in Milan.
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    One of the most famous castrati in the 18th century.
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    Franz Xaver Richter

    German composer, teacher, and singer. The innovator if the string quartet.
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    Prince Nikolaus J Eszterhazy

    Haydn's patron and employer until 1790.
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    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Eldest son of J.S. Bach.
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    Christoph Willibald Gluck

    German opera reform composer
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    Johann Stamitz

    Galant, He helped establish the symphonic genre.
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    Dr, Charles Burney

    Music historian, author, and organist.
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    The Classical Period

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    Franz Joseph Haydn

    A primary Austrian composer, a teacher, keyboardist, and violinist.
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    Johann Christian Bach

    Son of J.S. Bach. Friend and influence to Mozart.
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    Luigi Boccherini

    Italian composer and cellist.
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    William Billings

    Most prominent composer in the New America. Not a strong composer. He was a singing teacher.
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    Domenico Cimarosa

    Italian composer. A central figure in opera in the late 18th century.
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    Lorenzo Da Ponte

    Italian librettist and poet.
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goeth

    German poet and writer. He was a literary force behind Romanticism.
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    Antonio Salieri

    Italian composer and teacher. He functioned in the transitional periods.
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    Muzio Clementi

    English composer of Italian birth, keyboardist, teacher, music publisher, and piano manufacturer.
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Austrian composer and child prodigy.