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The Complete History of Music, Part 3: The Early Baroque

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What you are going to learn

The origins of Western music taught through examples, conversation, and context. 

In this course we will look at the world during the start of the Baroque period (approximately 1600 - 1750), through the lens of music. This period brings us the beginnings of the Orchestra and Opera, as well as some names you might be familiar with: Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel. 
Here is a list of some of the topics we will cover:
  • Politics of the world during the Baroque
  • The Affections
  • Harmony, Notation, and Ornamentation
  • Monteverdi
  • Early Opera
  • The Diva
  • Music in the Catholic Church
  • Carissimi
  • Music in the Lutheran Church
  • Schutz
  • Jewish Music
  • Instrumental Types of Music
  • The Toccata
  • Frescobalidi
  • The Sonata
  • The Dance Suite
  • French Opera
  • Lully
  • English Opera
  • Purcell
  • Baroque Music in Spain
  • The Zarzuela
  • Da Capo Aria
  • Scarlatti
  • Sonatas
  • Corelli
  • The Concerto
  • Organ Music
  • And much, much more!

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

Course reviews

Fascinating stuff and presented in a logical and straightforward manner. If you are also learning music theory this is an incredible complement to help understand how all those "rules" developed - the context of the music we know. Be entirely aware that this is a wonderfully presented history of WESTERN music - and you will not be disappointed.
- Steve Davis
I used this class to prepare for my graduate placement exam. It highlights the important parts of each historical period through the Early Baroque and follows the textbook quite closely.
- Richa Namballa