I my favorites and is yet again a very

I chose this because it’s one of the most popular
pieces of the Baroque era. This powerful piece takes text from the bible as the
lyrics It should be saved as a good representation for a few reasons. It’s syllabic
at times and repeats in higher registers several times. The song is
played allegro and has the classic thick baroque texture with a mix of
homophony, polyphony, and monophony. The mood expressed throughout the piece
was that of great joy. When “Hallelujah” is sung, it is almost a perfect
cadence. The dynamics can be described as terraced dynamics since the shifts
are sudden from loud to soft and back to loud again which is a strong
characteristic of the Baroque Era. You can also hear the emphasis on the chords
compared to previous eras of music. For these reasons, I think this song is
essential for the Baroque playlist.


 Suite No.

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1 in G major, BWV 1007 – Bach


I chose this piece next because it is another
famous and popular piece of this time period. The mood expressed throughout
could be described as warm. It is a played by an unaccompanied cello and Suite
No. 1 is the most popular of the suites. It mostly contains arpeggiated chords during
the first half. The texture is polyphonic which coincides with the Late Baroque
style. Most of this piece contains single note lines without any chords but we
can still hear the harmony thanks to the consistent arpeggiated notes.

(Badiarov). In the first half we can hear a contour moving down. There is a
sense of dissonance in the second part, but it seems to reconcile itself before
the end of the piece. I think this is a great example of music in the Late
Baroque era and deserves to be in this playlist.





The Four
Seasons, Spring, OP 8/1: 1. Allegro – Vivaldi

It’s almost impossible to not have a song from
Vivaldi to be saved as a representation of Baroque music. I chose this
particular piece because it’s one of my favorites and is yet again a very
popular piece that most people alive today have probably heard. The texture is
polyphonic and very smooth. The song is played in Allegro and has a rich,
lively mood and you can almost hear the violins imitating birds and the bass
imitating thunderstorms (Schwarm). The dynamics in this song also shift from
soft to loud which we can call terraced dynamics. The pattern of the rhythm is
continually revisited and the beat is very emphasized. These characteristics
represent the Baroque era in a nutshell which is why I feel it is very
deserving to be on this list