Baroque Composers

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Jacopo Peri

20 August 1561 - 12 August 1633

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

15 May 1567 - 29 November 1643

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

Michael Praetorius

15 February 1571 - 15 February 1621

Was a German composer, organist, and music theorist.

Lepanto's Battle

1575

Gregorio Allegri

Approx. 1582 - 7 February 1652

Was an Italian composer of the Roman School and brother of Domenico Allegri

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

1603

Cervantes – D. Quijote

1605

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

1635

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.

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 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.

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

Velázquez - Las Meninas

1656

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

Approx. 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.

Antonio Vivaldi

4 march 1678 - 28 july 1741

Was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric.

Georg Philip Telemann

14 March 1681 - 25 June 1767

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

25 september 1683 - 12 september 1764

Was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era.

Georg Friedrich Händel

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.

Johan Sabastian Bach

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.

Padre Soler

3 December 1729 - 20 December 1783

Was a Spanish composer whose works span the late Baroque and early Classical music eras.