Baroque Era instrumental music
By Keely Caulder
types of instruments played
advances in instrument making
The harpsichord came into its own in the Baroque period and is one of the instruments most closely associated with this era in music. The instrument became much bigger and more powerful in the Baroque era and could have two manuals (rows of keys).
With the new emphasis on melody in the Baroque era, the consorts of viols popular in the Renaissance were soon superseded by a new, more soloistic instrument – the violin. The development of the violin family is considered to have begun at the end of the 17th century. Although a baroque violin might look much the same as our modern violins, if you look closely there are many differences.
The recorder continued to be played during the Baroque period, and a number of changes to the construction of the instrument gave the Baroque recorder a sweeter sound, softer sound. Many composers wrote specifically for the recorder, including Scarlatti, Schütz, Telemann Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and Purcell, and the recorder was often used in operatic music of the period.
However there were many more advances in instrument making, these are just a few!