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The crucial point is, that this needs not to be single instrument but more a rôle to be filled. Depending on the number of other instruments, the balance may be achieved by a single chamber organ, harpsichord, viol de bass, lute, theorbo, bassoon, violoncello or a group of those, possible changing in the different movements. Since chords may be at least ...


'Continuo' is thorough bass or more commonly figured bass, or basso continuo. At the start of the 17th C, unaccompanied choral music was declining, and vox accompanied by plain chords taking over. This style lasted for a good two hundred years. Often, a single line of bass notes (as in the example) along with certain numbers were the clues that a ...


Musical pitch varied widely from place to place during the Baroque Era. It was generally lower than it is today, but there were exceptions and sometimes it could be even higher. Modern measurements of baroque instruments show that the pitch would mostly have varied between A=400 and A=450 Hz (in extreme cases from about A=380 to A=480 Hz) . Modern ensembles ...


Yes play a 1/2 tone down in baroque pitch. Our historical dance company does it all the time and we play period instruments tuned to baroque pitch, viola da gamba instead of cello. A singer's weight and size make no difference as someone said, the singer sang it in baroque pitch, not difficult.

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