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MUS 264 - History of Western Music I: Home

Resources and Information for Researching Western Music from the earliest periods through the Baroque Period (~1750)


Welcome to the LibGuide created specifically for the MUS 264 class music from earliest times through the Baroque period.

Use the tabs across the top to navigate the information available here.

Baroque Music Salon


Louis XIV

Louis XIV (1638 – 1715), known as the Sun King was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and Navarre.

He holds the distinction of being the longest-reigning king in European history, reigning for 72 years and 110 days.

Composers You Should Know (listed by era)

Be sure to visit the "Composers You Should Know" LibGuide!

First Performances

Some considerations when writing about the first performance of a musical work:

  • Use Naxos CD booklets as a possible source of information (Databases tab)
  • Oxford Music Online (Grove)'s main article for the composer may have information such as instrumentation and various arrangements of the piece of music, as well as narrative information about the premiere or the audience's reception of the piece (Databases tab)
  • Use the ML410 section of the library to find books about the composer and their music (Composers tab)
  • Newspapers printed the week of the premiere (yes, we have newspapers back to the 1600s) may also include reviews, which are primary sources (Program Notes tab)
  • Don't forget to look at the context of society. What was going on in the world that could affect what listeners thought of the music? What aspects of art history, fashion history, political history, etc. might have shaped the composing or the setting of the music? (Societal Context tab)

Classical String Orchestra


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