The Era of Baroque Music: A Brief History
The Baroque style began at the start of the 17th century in Rome, Italy. It quickly spread across Europe to France, Spain, Portugal, then later to Austria, Germany and Russia. This style used exuberance, contrast, elaborate ornamentation, deep color, and grandeur to evoke surprise and a sense of awe. The Baroque style influenced all the arts, including architecture, literature, painting, sculpture, dance and music.