Baroque Composers

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Jacopo Peri

20 August 1561 - 12 August 1633

He was an Italian composer and singer of the transitional period between the Renaissance and Baroque styles, and is often called the inventor of opera.

Claudio Monteverdi

9 May 1567 - 29 November 1643

He was an Italian composer, gambist, singer, and Catholic priest.

Michael Praetorius

February 15, 1571 - February 15, 1621

He was a German composer, organist, and music theorist. He was one of the most versatile composers of his age, being particularly significant in the development of musical forms based on Protestant hymns, many of which reflect an effort to improve the relationship between Protestants and Catholics.

Lepanto's Battle

1575

Gregorio Allegri

1582 - February 7, 1652

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

Girolamo Frescobaldi

September 13 1583 - March 1 1643

He was a musician from Ferrara, one of the most important composers of keyboard music in the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. A child prodigy, Frescobaldi studied under Luzzasco Luzzaschi in Ferrara, but was influenced by a large number of composers, including Ascanio Mayone, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, and Claudio Merulo.

Francisco Correa de Araujo

Approx. 1584 - Approx. 1654

Francisco Correa de Araujo was a notable Spanish organist, composer, and theorist of the late Renaissance.

Shakespeare - Hamlet

1603

Cervantes – D. Quijote

1605

Jean Baptiste Lully

November 28, 1632 - March 22, 1687

He was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He is considered a master of the French baroque style.

Calderón de la Barca – La vida es sueño

1635

Gaspar Sanz

April 4, 1640 - Approx. 1710

Francisco Bartolomé Sanz Celma, better known as Gaspar Sanz, was an Aragonese composer, guitarist, organist and priest born to a wealthy family in Calanda in the comarca of Bajo Aragón, Spain.

Marc Antoine Charpentier

1643 - February 24, 1704

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

Juan Cabanilles

September 6, 1644 - April 29, 1712

Juan Bautista José Cabanilles 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

February 17, 1653 - January 8, 1713

He 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, in establishing the preeminence of the violin, and as the first coalescing of modern tonality and functional harmony.

Velázquez - Las Meninas

1656

Marin Marais

May 31, 1656 - August 15, 1728

Marin Marais 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

September 10, 1659 - November 21, 1695

Henry Purcell 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

November 10, 1668 - September 11, 1733

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

Georg Philip Telemann

March 14, 1681 - June 25, 1767

Georg Philipp Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes.

Jean Philippe Rameau

September 25, 1683 - September 12, 1764

Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era.

Georg Friedrich Händel

February 23, 1685 - April 14, 1759

George Frideric Handel 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

Johan Sabastian Bach

March 21, 1685 - July 28, 1750

Johann Christian Bach was a composer of the Classical era, the eleventh surviving child and youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach

Domenico Scarlatti

October 26, 1685 - July 23, 1757

He 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, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style and he was one of the few Baroque composers to transition into the classical period.

Padre Soler

3 December 1729 - 20 December 1783

Antonio Francisco Javier José Soler Ramos, usually known as Padre Antonio Soler, known in Catalan as Antoni Soler i Ramos was a Spanish composer whose works span the late Baroque and early Classical music eras