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The basso continuo is ever-present in Baroque music.
Textures are primarily melody and accompaniment or contrapuntal.
Voices and instruments were freely mixed.
Newly developed instruments provided a rich palette of tone color.
Rhythms are often derived from dance rhythms.
Melodies are ornate and often make use of dramatic leaps.
Harmony is based on major/minor tonality, and dissonances become more common.
Repetition and simple binary and ternary forms provide the basis for musical structure.

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Georg Friedrich Händel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water music, Serse (Xerxes), Concerto grosso op. 6, Messiah Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Brandenburg concertos, Preludium in C major, Badinerie, Air, Chaconne, Cantate BW... [more]
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Claudio Monteverdi: Ariadne´s complaint, Madrigals of War and Love Girolamo Frescobaldi: Fiori musicali Jean Baptiste Lully: Acis and Galatea Arcangelo Corelli: La Folia, Concerto grosso in G minor Johann Pachelbel: Canon Henry Purcell: Three pa... [more]
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