As I've been handing out flyers for my upcoming 'Taste of Baroque' gig, I've overheard a few people say 'What is baroque'? So here's my little explanation!
Baroque is basically a period in time ... from the mid 1600s to mid 1700s and, for me, produced some of the most gorgeous music and fashion in the history of the world!
Wikipedia describes it like this: 'The Baroque (US /bəˈroʊk/ or UK /bəˈrɒk/) is often thought of as a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, theatre, and music. The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy, and spread to most of Europe.'
In terms of music, the focus is on gorgeous melody lines with simple bass lines, lots of gorgeous minor keys and lovely clashy bits that make you swoon, and then lots of decoration on top ... like the sprinkles on a cake.
When it comes to the fashion, the same could be said ... gorgeous outlines and then loads of decoration. I love it!
Then the art .... hmm. This is NOT my favourite period of art history, Personally I find the colours really gaudy and it makes me feel a bit sick! However I love the fact that women were painted as they were ... flabby bits and all!
And architecture ... again, clear lines with lots of decoration. Think St Paul's Cathedral. Nice.
So there's my very brief summary of the baroque period.
And just a little note beside ... classical music with a little 'c' is music played by orchestras, soloists and singers ... a massive genre taking in lots of different time periods. Classical music with a capital 'C' is music written over a short period of time: mid 1700s to mid 1800s (just after baroque), by composers like Mozart and Haydn. Why we don't have two different words I don't know. English is weird!