A History of Baroque Music

A History of Baroque Music

George J. Buelow
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/23/2004
Format: Hardback 181 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34365-9
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2005

A History of Baroque Music is an exhaustive study of the music of the Baroque period, with particular focus on the 17th century. Individual chapters consider the work of significant composers, including Monteverdi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Schütz, Purcell, Handel, Bach, and Telemann, as well as specific countries and regions. Two contributed chapters examine composers and genres from Russia, the Ukraine, Slovenia, Croatia, and Latin America. The book also includes a wealth and variety of musical examples from all genres and instrumental combinations.

Contributors are Claudia Jensen, Metoda Kokole, Rui Vieira Nery, and Ennio Stipcevic.

Author Bio

George J. Buelow, Professor Emeritus of Musicology at Indiana University, is former President of the American Bach Society. His research and publications, including several articles in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, focus on the music of the Baroque and the history of opera.


“Given the availability of numerous sophisticated surveys on Baroque music history, this reviewer was astonished that this tome exceeded expectations regarding scope and focus. In an effort to offer a discussion that goes beyond the standard canon of thought, Buelow (emer., Indiana Univ.) explores the works of Iberian, Eastern European, Latin American, and indeed even Caribbean composers. The book is replete with extensive score excerpts and analysis, and the chapters are subdivided into sections treating genre, composer, and technical development—an arrangement that makes this sizeable volume painless to navigate. Some of the most complex issues confronting the author are the paradigm shifts away from the knotty theoretical and philosophical concerns of the Renaissance establishment. Buelow excels in handling this, offering a chapter about this transition that even the uninitiated will be able to comprehend. His portrayal of the cross—cultural ramifications resulting from the contemporary political condition brings with it needed context for tracing musical developments as they occur across the Continent. Though the seemingly obligatory Bach and Handel chapters are somewhat overextended, this is a solid addition to the literature. Summing Up: Essential. Upper—division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. —J. Rubin, University of Minnesot”
 — Duluth , 2005jun CHOICE

“A comprehensive survey of Baroque music, thoroughly illustrated with almost 200 musical examples. Individual chapters are devoted to each major composer, as well as specific countries and regions, even including composers and genres from Russia and Baltic countries, and Latin America. ”

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "Baroque" as an historical concept
Part I: The Baroque in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 1: The Renaissance in Transition-Origins of New Musical concepts
Chapter 2: Baroque Innovations in Italy to circa 1640
Chapter 3: Claudio Monteverdi (1567=1643)
Chapter 4: The Baroque in Italy from c1640 to c1700
Chapter 5: Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713 and Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

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Chapter 6: The Baroque in France
Chapter 7: Sacred Music in Northern and Southern Europe and Austria in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 8: Secular Music in Northern and Southern Europe and Austria in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 9: Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Chapter 10: English Music during the Stuart Reign, the Commonwealth and the Restoration
Chapter 11: Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Chapter 12: Music in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America
By Rui Vieira Nery
Chapter 13: Music in Eastern Europe
by Ennio Stipcevic, Metoda Kokole, and Claudia Jensen
Part II: The Baroque in Transition
Chapter 14: Music in Italy
Chapter 15: Opera at Hamburg, Dresden, and Vienna
Chapter 16: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Chapter 17: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Chapter 18: Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
List of Contributors