What musical period is best described as an era of contrasts; e.g., between loud and soft, fast and slow? – 2017

What musical period is best described as an era of contrasts; e.g., between loud and soft, fast and slow?




Answer: Baroque.

What is the Baroque period in music?
Baroque music (US: /bəˈroʊk/ or UK: /bəˈrɒk/) is a style of Western art music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. This era followed the Renaissance music era, and was followed in turn by the Classical era.

The Main Characteristics of Baroque Music
The Basso Continuo (Figured Bass).
One mood throughout the entire piece.
Important String sections.
Modes were replaced by the Major/Minor key system.
Many different forms are used (e.g. Binary, Fugue)
Many types of music

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