WELCOME
to the
wonderful world
of BAROQUE
MUSIC
What is baroque music?
Why it is so rewarding
A Baroque Music Sampler
Baroque Composers' Portraits
Rare Baroque Instruments


A Special CD Double Album Sampler for Baroque-Music-Lovers - FREE DOWNLOADS


A Special CD Double Album sampling Bach's varied output - FREE DOWNLOADS


Bach at age 35
Biography  |  Bach CD list


Arcangelo Corelli
Biography  |  CD

Tomaso Albinoni
Biography  |  CD


Domenico Scarlatti
Biography  |  CD


Antonio Vivaldi
Biography  |  CD


Georg Philipp Telemann
Biography  |  CD


Willem van Wassenaer
Biography  |  CD


Johann Josef Fux
Biography  |  CD


Alessandro Scarlatti
Biography  |  CD


George Frideric Handel
Biography  |  CD


Henry Purcell
Biography  |  CD


Bach on Silbermann organs CD


Decoration on the 1714
Silbermann Organ, Freiberg

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BAROQUE MUSIC GUIDE
Everything you need to know about Baroque Music.

BOOKS!
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BOOKS!
On music, and lots more
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This site contains everything you need to know about baroque music... well, not quite. Because there's so much you can learn, so much pleasure to be gained not by reading about it, but by listening! Click the two images on your left to download 150 minutes each of Baroque (all major composers) and Bach (every aspect of his work).
For further exploration The Baroque Music Library contains 130 CDs which together cover all the major composers (and a few unknown ones) with a broad selection of their music.
And check our 130+ catalogue of Baroque Music CDs.

What is the essence of baroque music? Baroque music expresses order, the fundamental order of the universe. Yet it is always lively and tuneful. Music reflects the mood of the times, then as now as always. Follow the development of music through this brief outline, from the earliest times to the present day, with baroque music in historical context.
     BAROQUE MUSIC DEFINED

Get to know the major baroque composers better through their portraits.
     BAROQUE COMPOSERS' PORTRAIT GALLERY

Music and its performance has its fashions, like everything else. There are currently two schools of thought in the performance of baroque music: the “modern” and the “authentic” – though both names are misleading. A little knowledge of these alternatives will guide you in your subsequent choice of recordings.
     BAROQUE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Why not delve yet further into the world of baroque performance? Read about one of Bach's favorite keyboard instruments, custom-built to his own specifications, yet now almost impossible to hear on record. Or discover the difference between the Italian violin bow which we know today, and the German baroque bow which is never seen nor heard today, though popular in baroque Germany (check the accompanying illustration from 1732). The vital difference: the German bow can play chords - which makes Bach's pieces for solo violin infinitely more interesting, not to mention accurate!

Biographical notes on some of the better-known baroque composers - Albinoni, JS Bach, Corelli, Geminiani, Handel, Scarlatti, Telemann and others - plus notes on influential musical centers and developments in different countries, illustrating the origins of “baroque”, and the breadth of baroque musical “globalisation”!
     BAROQUE COMPOSERS & MUSICIANS – an overall survey.

DAVID MUNROW introduces early medieval instruments PLUS selections of Medieval and Renaissance Dances with the COLLEGIUM TERPSICHORE Ensemble

Garklein Flötlein, Kortholt, Rauschpfeife, Nicolo Shawm, Basset Rackett, Crumhorn, and Gemshorn….. these are just some of the fascinating instruments whose sounds you will hear on this CD. In these instruments and these tunes lie the foundations of the baroque.
Listen and download free at the The Baroque Music Library or buy the CD at Baroque Music CDs.

BACH & FRIENDS
The editors of the BAROQUE MUSIC site have been recording, producing, researching and writing about Bach and Baroque since the 1960s, and we have no hesitation in recommending the 2-DVD set “BACH & friends” as essential - and thoroughly enjoyable viewing/listening for all Bach-lovers and music students.
The 2-DVD set costs $39.95 plus shipping, available from
Michael Lawrence Films.
A MUST for Bach-lovers, music students, colleges and conservatories.
See our more detailed review.

FEATURE REVIEW
The Six Suites for Solo Cello BWV 1007-1012
Steven Hancoff, Guitar
Excellent recording quality; clear, precise articulation; particular sensitivity to the special circumstances of composition.
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A VITAL RESOURCE for
BAROQUE MUSIC LOVERS and STUDENTS
100+ CD titles download-ready. Just Bach and Baroque!
ONLY from the BAROQUE MUSIC LIBRARY

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This Baroque Music Site selected by
the Teachers Learning Program
of Hong Kong University
for inclusion in their
MusicWeb Resource CD-ROM.

The Baroque Music Site included in
the Britannica Internet Guide
“for quality, accuracy, and presentation”.

Sheet Music Downloads plus Audio Files at Virtual Sheet Music

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