Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Keywords

Improvisation, emotion, Baroque, expression

Abstract

Baroque music experienced a dramatic change in performance practice which sprang out of certain techniques used in the Renaissance period and the emphasis placed during this time on expression and emotion in music. In the Baroque time period, much emphasis was placed on expression, emotion, and creativity in both the academic sphere and in the arts. In the arts this can be seen in elaborate and decorative architecture, emotional and expressive paintings, and creative and individualized music. Music itself developed from the simple, structured forms of the Renaissance period to the driven, complex, emotional and expressive forms of the Baroque period. One of the main features of this period which encouraged such an attitude and supported its growth was improvisation and this paper is based on historical documented evidence concerning improvisation. The Baroque time period saw a rise in the importance and use of improvisation in melodies, accompaniments, and in performance practices because individual expression and emotion was highly valued in the Baroque years. The purpose of this paper is to prove the previous statement by tracing the development of improvisation from the Renaissance to the Baroque periods and by looking at the attitudes of composers, musicians, and music theorists towards music, specifically concerning its emotive capabilities and responsibilities.

Campus Venue

Stevens Student Center, Room 245

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-20-2016 2:40 PM

End Date

4-20-2016 3:00 PM

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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Apr 20th, 2:40 PM Apr 20th, 3:00 PM

“Musical Fury”: Impressing Through Expressing in Baroque Improvisation

Cedarville, OH

Baroque music experienced a dramatic change in performance practice which sprang out of certain techniques used in the Renaissance period and the emphasis placed during this time on expression and emotion in music. In the Baroque time period, much emphasis was placed on expression, emotion, and creativity in both the academic sphere and in the arts. In the arts this can be seen in elaborate and decorative architecture, emotional and expressive paintings, and creative and individualized music. Music itself developed from the simple, structured forms of the Renaissance period to the driven, complex, emotional and expressive forms of the Baroque period. One of the main features of this period which encouraged such an attitude and supported its growth was improvisation and this paper is based on historical documented evidence concerning improvisation. The Baroque time period saw a rise in the importance and use of improvisation in melodies, accompaniments, and in performance practices because individual expression and emotion was highly valued in the Baroque years. The purpose of this paper is to prove the previous statement by tracing the development of improvisation from the Renaissance to the Baroque periods and by looking at the attitudes of composers, musicians, and music theorists towards music, specifically concerning its emotive capabilities and responsibilities.

 

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