Music of the Baroque, 3d edition


Music of the Baroque and Music of the Baroque: An Anthology of Scores
third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013)

This is a textbook on European music during the period 1600–1750. It is intended primarily for undergraduate music majors and graduate students in music. It will also be of interest to musicians, teachers, and listeners who desire an up-to-date survey of Baroque music. To order a copy, click here. To see a table of contents, please scroll down.

The text focuses on a repertory of about fifty works from several of the principal traditions of the Baroque. Scores for the majority of these are included in the accompanying anthology. To see a table of contents for the anthology, please scroll down to the end of this file. Click here for scores and texts of works from previous editions that are no longer included in the current edition. Instructors who have previously used the first or second edition of this text can click here for a concordance of pages and selection numbers in all three editions.

For a discography listing recordings of works included in in both volumes, click here. The discography includes links to online recordings of nearly all the works in the anthology, including several performed by the author.

In addition, students reading the textbook can now access online audio files to hear every musical example as they come across it. Click here for links to audio files of the examples.

As before, instructors will find updated paper assignments and worksheets that can be used in teaching a course based on this textbook. Included here are new suggested assignments related to the “boxes” on topics of social and aesthetic issues added for this edition (see below).

Revisions and corrections to the current edition are listed here. For corrections to the second edition, click here.

About the book

Each work is discussed not only as a representative of a particular historical tradition but as an individual response by its composer to a verbal text or an expressive aspiration. Hence the book offers models for both musical criticism and analysis in a variety of compositional styles; in addition, it provides substantial discussions of original instrumentation and performance practices for many works. Works discussed include such familiar ones as Monteverdi’s Orfeo and a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, as well as lesser-known compositions, including several by women composers. In addition, opening and closing chapters on late-Renaissance and galant music provide bridges to earlier and later periods of European music history. Aids for students and teachers include synopses of operatic works, biographical timelines for major composers, an annotated bibliography, and numerous illustrations, musical examples, and analytical tables. Technical terms are highlighted at their first mention in the text, which includes carefully formulated definitions of each new concept. The accompanying volume presents reliable scores of more than thirty works, most of them in editions prepared exclusively for this anthology, which also includes new translations of the texts of all vocal compositions, as well as commentary on sources, editorial issues, notation, and performance practices.

The complete text of both volumes has been thoroughly revised and updated, incorporating current biographical and bibliographical information that reflects the latest scholarship. The third edition of the textbook offers new “boxes” or sidebars on topics of current interest, including discussions of women in Baroque music, relationships between music and society, and notable contemporary writings on and by major figures such as Bach and Couperin. The anthology offers new or expanded selections of works by Cavalli (the opera Calisto), Carissimi, Charpentier, Alessandro Scarlatti, Jacquet de La Guerre, and Rameau. Works from previous editions that are no longer in the anthology are represented in the textbook by new examples; their complete scores and texts (with translations) are online here.

Contents: Music of the Baroque, third edition
1. Introduction
2. A Sixteenth-Century Prologue: Motet and Madrigal
3. Transitions Around 1600
4. Monteverdi and Early Baroque Musical Drama
5. Secular Vocal Music of the Later Seventeenth Century
6. Lully and French Musical Drama
7. Seventeenth-Century Sacred Music
8. Late Baroque Opera
9. Late Baroque Sacred Music
10. Music for Solo Instruments I: Toccata and Suite
11. Music for Solo Instruments II: Fugues and Pièces
12. Music for Instrumental Ensemble I: The Sonata
13. Music for Instrumental Ensemble II: Sinfonia and Concerto
14. A Mid-Eighteenth-Century Epilogue: The Galant Style

Contents: Music of the Baroque: An Anthology of Scores, third edition
1. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Dum complerentur (motet)
2. Orlando di Lassus: Timor et tremor (motet)3. Claudio Monteverdi: Luci serene (madrigal)
3. Giulio Caccini: Sfogava con le stelle (continuo madrigal)
4. Claudio Monteverdi: Luci serene (madrigal)
5. Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo, Act 2 (opera: selections)
6. Pier Francesco Cavalli: Calisto (opera: selections)
7. Barbara Strozzi: Ardo in tacito foco (cantata or strophic aria)
8. Alessandro Scarlatti: Correa nel seno amato (cantata: selections)
9. Henry Purcell: From Rosy Bowers (cantata)
10. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Armide (opera: selections)
11. Giovanni Gabrieli: In ecclesiis (concertato motet)
12. Heinrich Schütz: Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich? SWV 415 (concertato motet)
13. Giacomo Carissimi: Jephte (oratorio: selections)
14. Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Frigidae noctis umbra H. 414 (oratorio: first half)
15. George Frideric Handel: Orlando (opera: selections)
16. Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les indes galantes (opéra-ballet: selections)
17. Johann Sebastian Bach: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’r Mensch und Gott BWV 127 (sacred cantata)
18. George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (English oratorio: selections)
19. Ennemond Gaultier: Pieces for Lute
20. Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata 7 from Libro II)
21. Elizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Suite 3 in A minor (selections)
22. Dieterich Buxtehude: Praeludium in A Minor BuxWV 153
23. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G (from The Well-Tempered Clavier, part 1)
24. Jean-Henri d’Anglebert, François Couperin, and Jean-Philippe Rameau: Extracts From Ornament Tables
25. François Couperin: Vingt-unième ordre (keyboard suite: selections)
26. Salamone Rossi: Sonata sopra La Bergamasca
27. Biagio Marini: Sonata variata for violin and continuo
28. Hans Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonata 5 in E minor for violin and continuo (1681)
29. Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata in C for violin and continuo, op. 5, no. 3 (solo sonata da chiesa)
30. Giuseppe Torelli: Sinfonia in D for trumpet, strings, and continuo G. 8
31. Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6, no. 8, “Christmas”
32. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in E for violin, strings, and continuo, op. 3, no. 12 (RV 265)
33. Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F, BWV 1047

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