'Baroque' was first used to describe the style of European 17th and 18th century churches and public buildings and hence means ornate, bizarre, exuberant, extravagant.
Baroque styles are many: early, middle and late Baroque, Italian, French, English and German Baroque. Plus also the individual style of the composers.
Baroque period or baroque era 1600 - 1750 i.e. between the Late Renaissance and Early Classical periods.
How do you pronounce 'Baroque'? - USA: rhymes with 'oak' - Britain: rhymes with 'rock'
BACH, Johann Sebastian 1685 - 1750
German composer and organist. The greatest of the Baroque composers. Yet during his lifetime he was better known as an organist than as a composer. Learn more at our Bach pages
CORELLI, Arcangelo 1653 - 1713
Arcangelo Corelli, Italian late baroque composer. Has been called:- "Father of the Concerto Grosso" - "Founder of Modern Violin Technique" - "The World's Greatest Violinist" Learn more at our Corelli pages
HANDEL, George Frideric 1685 - 1759
Born in Germany the same year and region as Bach. He later moved to England, his adopted country. He is best known for his grand oratorio 'Messiah', his Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Learn more at our Handel pages
LULLY, Jean-Baptiste 1632 - 1687
Italian born French composer. He was the musical director of the court of Louis XIV, "The Sun King".
Italian composer recognized as the 'Father of Comic opera'. Tragically he died at only 26 years old, yet his works had an enormous influence on European music. Learn more at our Pergolesi pages
PURCELL, Henry 1659 - 1695
He was the first English composer of comparable stature to the European composers. Yet another composer to die too young, at 36 years old. Learn more at our Purcell pages
VIVALDI, Antonio 1678 - 1741
'The Red Priest', Italian composer, violinist, teacher, priest, opera impresario. His Four Seasons is the most played piece of classical music in the world. Learn more at our Vivaldi pages
The above composers are the ones for which we have done profiles for this website. Other major baroque composers are:
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643) Italian Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645–1704) French Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725) Italian François Couperin (1668–1733) French Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767) German Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683–1764) French Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757) Italian