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The Enlightenment: Life in the 1700s

Music: During The Enlightenment

Famous Composers of Music During The Enlightenment:

Johann Sebastian Bach- Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 31, 1685 in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany. He one of the greatest Western composers of all time who created Toccata, Fugue in D minor, Mass in B minor, Brandenburg Concertos, and The Well Tempered Clavier.

George Frederick Handel- George Frederick Handel was born in Halle, Germany, on Feb. 23, 1685. He is one of the greatest composers of the baroque period. He's best known for his famous oratorios, operas and instrumentals. You may of heard of the famous English oratorio “The Messiah", which he created.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on Jan. 27, 1756. He is considered "The Greatest Genius In Western Music History". Some famous works he created were Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music, 1787) and the operas Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro, 1786), Don Giovanni (1787) and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute, 1791).

Art: During the Enlightenment

Famous Styles of Art During the Enlightenment:

Baroque Period- These fascinating paintings in this period were full of excitement, colorful, and HUGE!. These paintings usually glorified historic battles or lives of saints.

Rococo Period- In this period, paintings highlighted pastel colors, supple curves, and designs were based on flowers, vines, and shells on various pieces of furniture. The paintings showed intimate mythological scenes, views on daily life and portraiture. Some famous works of Rococo art are Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (1757), Return of the Bucentoro to the Molo on Ascension Day (1732), Conversation in a Park(1740).

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Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (Above)

Peasant Life: During the Enlightenment

During The Enlightenment, the culture of the peasants started to change slowly. For example: Peasants started to work their own parts of land and became tenants of large land owners (paid rent for the land they farmed). Unfortunately in some areas, peasants still had to give free labor. But, in the late 1700s, essential ideas leaked into the villages. Peasants immediately sought for change. This changed the life of peasants in Europe.