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Music : MUS 544/684: Music of the Baroque Era

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Modern Scholarship and Criticism

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Primary Source Materials

Most serious research uses a mix of primary and secondary sources:

Primary sources are original documents or first-hand accounts: letters, diaries, original manuscripts, reviews from newspapers of the time, etc. Primary sources are identified by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.

    • Advantage: they may give us an unvarnished view of people and developments, and in the case of music manuscripts or facsimiles, allow us to see how early versions of a work may have been performed.

Secondary sources comment on and interpret primary sources: biography, analysis, interpretation, history

    • Advantage: They can provide perspective, taking into account differing viewpoints and later scholarship.

Timeline (1600-1750)

1580-1630: Early Baroque

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)

1630-1680: Middle Baroque

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

1680-1730: Late Baroque

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Francois Couperin (1668-1733)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)