Life in the 1700's
By: Shawn Burrell and Quinton Jones
Music during the 1700's evolved during this time. Before ballets and operas that were performed for the royal court, there were operas and ballets in the public. This time period for music was known as the "new classical". The "new classical" era was a time period in which music changed drastically. There were many composers during this time. One of them was a German Lutheran named Johann Sebastian Bach who wrote complex and beautiful religious works for organs and choirs. Another composer was George Frederick Handel that wrote the most celebrated work called the Messiah that includes instruments and voices. Lastly, there is Mozart who was an instant celebrity as a composer and a performer. He is one of the famous composers from Austria that made music during the Classical Era.
The life of a peasant varied across Europe. Peasants in Western Europe were relatively more prosperous compared to the peasants in Eastern Europe. In Eastern Europe, serfdom was firmly rooted in places such as Russia. The serfdom in Western Europe prospered more than it did in Eastern Europe. Peasants in France provided free labor. The peasant in Central and Southern Europe primary source of food was wheat. However, the Northern peasants primary source of food was rye.