Renaissance vs Baroque Music


Music is a legendary piece of art that conveys rhythm, melody, tune, and beats. Every culture and civilization have their popular music whereas some are still being played in the modern generation. People of the history have no other way of communicating, celebrating, and artistry to express their feelings that’s why one way to show their emotions is through the music. In the past centuries, renaissance and baroque music become popular in their respective eras. Let’s have a contrast between these two musical terms. In renaissance music, the birth of the music originated from the Renaissance period whereby literature, music, intellect, science, and lifestyle. The renaissance music started around 1400 C AD until 1600 C AD.

  Renaissance music Baroque music
What it is Polyphonic  music of the late 15th to late 16th century Europe Music  from 1685 up to 1750
Style Usually uniform Various Styles
Contents ·         Frequently polyphonic

·         Replication of voices prevalent

·         Melodies easier to do

·         Free flowing manner of melodic lines

·         Word painting in music and text

·         Contrasting dynamics

·         Melodies are hard to memorize

·         Commonly utilizes organ and harpsichord

·         Has musical genres

Emphasis Little emphasis on tonality Forceful and demonstrative vocals
Lyrics Mostly no underlying meaning or message More accurate in meaning

When it comes to the baroque music, the popularity of the music began from 1600 AD until 1750 AD. The fame of theatrical music originated in this period whereby the popular composers and performers built their names. To name a few, these composers include Alexandro Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell, Domenico Scarlatti, George Fredric Handel, and more. The genres of music began to diversify that comprises of oratorios, operas, cantatas, sonatas, suites, fugues, and etc. Moreover, there are many musical instruments were used to accompany the style of the music being performed.


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