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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.
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Composers You Should Know (listed by era)
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
Concentus Musicus Wien (Nikolaus Harnoncourt)
Concentus Musicus Wien is a baroque music ensemble founded by Nikolaus and Alice Harnoncourt in 1953. It generated the now well-established movement in performance and recordings to play early music on period instruments.
The English Baroque Soloists
The English Baroque Soloists have long been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras. Throughout their repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and Haydn, they are equally at home in chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire and the distinctive sound of their warm and incisive playing is instantly recognizable.
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Dutch: Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw) is a Dutch early music orchestra. The orchestra consists of about 60 members from many different countries, who all play on period instruments.
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Has been dedicated to historically-informed performance of Baroque, Classical and early-Romantic music on original instruments.
The Taverner Choir, Consort & Players
Taverner Consort and Players is a period instrument ensemble: baroque orchestra (Players), vocal consort (Consort) and Choir, named after the 16th century English composer John Taverner.