The Baroque era was a period of time where composers began revolting against
the rules their music had been written under in prior eras. Monarchies all over
were constantly trying to find methods to appear as better than another. One of
the “tools” they used to do this, was the composer.
Sad as it was, composers had become machines that churned out impressive
music for one monarchy to wave in the face of another. One of the best and most
well-known composers of this era, Johann Sebastian Bach, was such a
During this time, the most successful composers were those who broke out and
managed to bring new ideas to their art. During the early 17th century,
Monteverdi wrote some of the earliest operas, Antonio Vivaldi became known for
his wonderful instrumental concertos, and Scarlatti brought the Harpsichord
repertoire to new levels. All these composers broke free and brought new ideas
to their art.
Other important developments of the time, were the dances which most of the
era’s composers wrote. The leader of the era, however, is considered the
vocal/choral music of such composers as Handel.