Baroque Period

The Baroque Period is the musical era, and art period, in Europe roughly from 1600 to 1750. The term 'Baroque' (meaning 'bizarre') was originally applied to the elaborately fanciful seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architecture of Germany and Austria and, by association, nowadays to the German, Austrian, and other music of the same period. Major Baroque composers include the later Monteverdi, J. S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and Purcell. The period saw the first great flourishing of opera, the development of instrumental forms such as the sonata and the concerto, and the golden age of counterpoint.