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

Check the CD


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

BOOKS!
BOOKS!
BOOKS!
On music, and lots more
download FREE.
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 .

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.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Contemporary with, and a personal friend of JS Bach was one of the two leading baroque organ-builders: Gottfried Silbermann. There are still some 30 of Silbermann's organs extant in Saxony, southern Germany, many in near-original condition, from the small village organs in which he excelled, to the 3-Manual, 44-Stop organ in Freiberg Cathedral. This site offers a group of pages, together giving you an illustrated tour and all the information you need for a visit! We prepared this site for, and in conjunction with the Silbermann Museum in Frauenstein, Saxony.
     GOTTFRIED SILBERMANN:
     Master Organ-Builder of the German Baroque.

Musician Biographies:

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.

Lyrichord podcasts
In this on-going series, Lyrichord Discs CEO Nick Fritsch interviews baroque music specialist performers on subjects ranging through: the counter-tenor voice, the lute, recorder, the wooden transverse flute, the history and development of keyboard instruments, and the exploration of Baroque Music from all over Europe.
Check Lyrichord Podcast Listing.

A VITAL RESOURCE for
BAROQUE MUSIC LOVERS and STUDENTS
100+ CD titles download-ready. Just Bach and Baroque!
ONLY from the BAROQUE MUSIC LIBRARY

Click the picture to visit the Baroque Music Library

Sheet Music Downloads plus Audio Files at Virtual Sheet Music

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”.

Celebrate Bach's Birthday Month (21 March in case you didn't know!)
Five fun sites about J S Bach

THANK YOU
for your visit.

Please feel free to quote
[citation info]

arton@BaroqueMusic.org

  We invite you to visit our other sites


arton internet publications
      internet www.arton.co publications
there’s more