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Y3 CYCLE B: Western Classical Tradition: The Baroque Era


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Genre: Western Classical Tradition

Style: The Baroque era (c. 1600–1750)



Gregorio Allegri

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Pachelbel



'Miserere' by Gregorio Allegri (conducted by Nigel Short)

Allegri's haunting Miserere is famous for both its ethereal beauty and for the mystery surrounding its composition. It is written for 2 choirs, who alternate phrases and then unite for a final resolution.
Miserere (miz-er-air-ay) means have mercy on me

'Air on the G String' by Johann Sebastian Bach, original instruments

These are the original instruments played in the Baroque Era!

PROCOL HARUM - 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" on Italian TV. This song is heavily influenced by 'Air on a G String'.

Johann Pachelbel - 'Canon in D Major'

Have a look at the original Baroque Era instruments

Canon in Bb major

'Ubi Caritas' by Ola Gjeilo as sung by King's Return

These vocalists were influenced by Gregorio Allegri and other Baroque composers

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music from the Baroque Era? heart

George Frideric Handel was an excellent composer from this time.

You can explore his work here!

CBBC's Martin Dougan on Handel's Zadok the Priest | BBC Teach

Martin Dougan from CBBC's Newsround highlights his passion for 'Zadok the Priest' by George Frideric Handel. He talks about why it is his favourite piece of classical music and why he loves music of this genre. Martin explains the historical background of 'Zadok the Priest' and why he feels that it is relevant to him.

Handel's 'Hallelujah!' Chorus live at the Sydney Opera House, Australia

600 singers from the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs join the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra to perform Handel's jubilant "Hallelujah!" chorus from the Messiah, live at the Sydney Opera House.

Handel: Zadok the Priest | Academy of Ancient Music

George Frideric Handel's 'Zadok the Priest' from his Coronation Anthem HWV258, performed by the Academy of Ancient Music and Choir of the AAM, conducted by Music Director Richard Egarr and recorded live at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

George Frideric Handel's - Water Music

Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks (Proms 2012)

Prom 7: Handel -- Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks
1 - Ouverture: Adagio, Allegro, Lentement, Allegro
2 - Bourrée
3 - La Paix: Largo alla siciliana
4 - La Réjouissance: Allegro
5 - Menuets I and II

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