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The history of music is traditionally the story of the lives and contributions of individual composers. Or it is the story of various strands such as the emergence of sonata form or the elaboration of harmonic theory. Things every professional Musical Instruments
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musician needs to know.

For a casual aficionado such as I, the historical context is equally as interesting, especially during the “early modern” period (as historians call it) which coincided with the artistic Baroque. Politically and culturally, it was largely the making of the western world we know today, and not coincidentally a formative period for both the technical understanding and aesthetic beliefs we have about music — not to mention the other arts.

I am neither musician nor historian: frustrated musicologist perhaps. Across the site are personal notes and thoughts on Baroque music in particular, along with some other oddities, that I hope others may find entertaining or useful. I don’t believe you need more than a rudimentary understanding of musical notation: the gist of a passage is more important than the actual notes. I am personally guilty of all translations unless otherwise indicated (albeit with lots of help from various sources), and the glossary may help refresh your memory with non–technical descriptions if needed. Comments and corrections are welcome.

— M.

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