Arts and Music
The Baroque period (ca. 1600-1750) was a time of experimentation with harmony; it also witnessed the emergence of purely instrumental music.
Antonio Vivaldi (born 1675, died 1741)
- Composed The Four Seasons
George Frederick Handel (born 1685, died 1759)
German-born English composer.
- Composed The Messiah and Water Music
Johann Sebastian Bach (born 1685, died 1750)
German composer. Father of composers Johann Christian Bach and Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
- Prolific composer whose works include The Well-Tempered Clavier and the Brandenburg Concertos
Dietrich Buxtehude (born 1637, died 1707)
Danish composer and organist.
- Bach once walked 200 miles to hear a performance of his work
Henry Purcell (born 1658, died 1695)
- Composed Dido and Aeneas
Alessandro Scarlatti (born 1659, died 1725)
- Composed operas, masses, oratorios and cantatas
Domenico Scarlatti (born 1685, died 1757)
- Composer of harpsichord works
Johann Pachelbel (born 1653, died 1706)
- Composed the Canon
Girolamo Frescobaldi (born 1583, died 1643)
- Composer of canzone (similar to madrigals) and keyboard works
Georg Phillipp Telemann (born 1681, died 1767)
- Composer of sacred music, operas and instrumental works
Henry Carey (born 1687, died 1743)
English poet and composer.
- Believed to have written the English national anthem, ''''God Save the King''''
Tommaso Albioni (born 1671, died 1750)
Italian composer and violinist.
- Wrote operas and instrumental music
John Blow (died 1708)
- Wrote Venus and Adonis, the first English opera
Reinhard Keiser (born 1674, died 1739)
- Composed operas and sacred music
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