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    2011 - 08.18

    Since I’m sitting at the computer tonight, it fell to me to write today’s post…and I’m completely blank.  So, I found this nifty little site: Random Topic Generator! *

    The topic it gave me was Baroque vs. Classical music…and since I promised myself that I’d write on whatever came up, I’m honour bound to this one, even though I think I know the 1812 Overture (that’s the Lone Ranger one, right?) and the one that goes dah dah dah DAH DAH DAH dah dah dah dah dah dah dahhhhhhh duh dummm…it can be sung with the words to Old MacDonald…anyone?  Bueller?

    See, the problem with this topic is that the parameters of the two types of music are unclear.  Baroque music isn’t delineated by a firm line in the sand where people said “Everything before September 8th 1602 is not Baroque…everything after is, but only until December 29th 1753.”  Also, classical doesn’t exclude Baroque music.  Classical music is often thought of as orchestral or just plain old.  All Baroque is classical…but not all classical is Baroque.  Even if you think of classical music as belonging to the “Classical Period” between 1750-1830, there’s still gonna be some overlap…people didn’t stop writing what we now call classical or Baroque music because the date changed.

    It’s kind of like the old joke about what people in China call Chinese food**.  People in the Baroque period wrote music.  People in the classical period also wrote music. It’s not until afterward that people come along and slap labels onto it.

    This post brought to you by the letters W-I-K-I-P-E-D-I-A.

    *I might not be allowed to write here unsupervised anymore…fair warning. :)


    One Response to “Baroque vs. Classical Music”

    1. Karin says:

      My mom finally remembered what the dah dah dah song is…Ode to Joy by Beethoven. Seriously. Sing Old MacDonald to it!

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