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Is it just me, or is the association real? Perhaps there is some association, but it seems more like Baroque is just one of several options for Christmas background music. You can also find rock and roll Christmas and jazz Christmas soundtracks. Similarly, Baroque music gets used as a soundtrack for just about anything needing a sense of propriety, high-...


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One aspect not yet mentioned is, that some of the instruments easily associated with the sheperds of the Christmas story, such as recorder or traverse flute (not the modern concert flute, but the wooden predecessor without any keys) fell out favour in the late baroque era and had to be rediscoverd for some different than children learners in the second half ...


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Baroque music is for life, not just for Christmas. Your association of baroque music with Christmas is probably because of the increased prominence of church music in the mainstream listening palette at that of year, although unaccompanied sacred vocal music spans a far wider time period than the period usually referred to as the baroque. Bach's ...


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Monteverdi may well have been the first (known) composer to score for instruments in an orchestral setting, but where do you define the beginning of orchestras? He was certainly not the first to specify an instrument for a part. The Mönch von Salzburg specified a Pumhart (bass horn) for one of his part songs towards the end of the fourteenth century, and ...


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Monteverdi’s Orfeo as artistic creed Uri Golomb Published in Goldberg: Early Music Magazine 45 (April 2007): 44-57. In this paper of 15 pages you’ll findenter link description here vast information about the background of Monteverdi’s work, the Artusi-Monteverdi controversy, Galilei vs. Monteverdi, Musical structures and stylistic eclecticism and more: ...


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So finally I've found the answer. The piece in question is Chaconne in G major by Anonymous from Schwerin. It's from the book Guitar Music from 16th - 18th Centuries, vol. 2 edited and transcribed by Adalbert Quadt. In the book he gives instructions on how to play ornaments: Ornamentation constitutes an important element in music of the seventeenth and ...


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