Baroque composers


Jacopo Peri

20 August 1561 - 12 August 1633

Was an Italian composer and singer of the transitional period between the Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Claudio Monteverdi

15 May 1567 - 29 November 1643

Was an Italian composer, gambist, singer, and Catholic priest.

Michael Praetorius

Approx. 15 February 1571 - Approx. 15 February 1621

Was a German composer, organist, and music theorist. He was one of the most versatile composers of his age.

Battle of Lepanto

7 October 1571

was a naval engagement in which a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of European Catholic maritime states arranged by Pope Pius V,

Gregorio Allegri

1582 - 7 February 1652

Was an Italian composer of the Roman School and brother of Domenico Allegri; he was also a priest and a singer. He was born and died in Rome.

Girolamo Frescobaldi

September 1583 - 1 March 1643

Was a musician from Ferrara, one of the most important composers of keyboard music in the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods.

Francisco Correa de Araujo

Approx. 1584 - Approx. 1654

Was a notable Spanish organist, composer, and theorist of the late Renaissance.

Shakespeare- Hamlet

Approx. 1603

is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602.

Don Quijote - Miguel De Cervantes


Is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon.

Jean Baptiste Lully

28 November 1632 - 22 March 1687

Was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France.

Calderón de la Barca – La vida es sueño


Is a Spanish-language play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

Gaspar Sanz

4 April 1640 - Approx. 1710

Was an Aragonese composer, guitarist, organist and priest born to a wealthy family in Calanda in the comarca of Bajo Aragón, Spain. He studied music, theology and philosophy at the University of Salamanca, where he was later appointed Professor of Music.

Marc Antoine Charpentier

Approx. 1643 - 24 February 1704

Was a French composer of the Baroque era. Exceptionally prolific and versatile, Charpentier produced compositions of the highest quality in several genres.

Juan Bautista Cabanilles

6 September 1644 - 29 April 1712

Was a Spanish organist and composer at Valencia Cathedral. He is considered by many to have been the greatest Spanish Baroque composer, and has been called the Spanish Bach.

Arcangelo Corelli

17 February 1653 - 8 January 1713

Was an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque era. His music was key in the development of the modern genres of sonata and concerto.

Las Meninas


Is a 1656 painting in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age.

Marin Marais

31 May 1656 - 15 August 1728

Was a French composer and viol player. He studied composition with Jean-Baptiste Lully, often conducting his operas, and with master of the bass viol Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe for six months.

Henry Purcell

10 September 1659 - 21 November 1695

Was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.

François Couperin

10 November 1668 - 11 September 1733

Was a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was known as Couperin le Grand ("Couperin the Great") to distinguish him from other members of the musically talented Couperin family.

Antonio Vivaldi

4 March 1678 - 28 July 1741

Was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe.

Jean-Philippe Rameau

25 September 1683 - 12 September 1764

Was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. He replaced Jean-Baptiste Lully as the dominant composer of French opera and is also considered the leading French composer for the harpsichord of his time, alongside François Couperin.

George Frideric Handel

23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759

Was a German, later British baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Approx. 31 March 1685 - 28 July 1750

Was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

Domenico Scarlatti

26 October 1685 - 23 July 1757

Was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified primarily as a Baroque composer chronologically.

Antonio Soler (Padre Soler )

3 December 1729 - 20 December 1783

Was a Spanish composer whose works span the late Baroque and early Classical music eras. He is best known for his keyboard sonatas, an important contribution to the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ repertoire.