The Eras

Aside from the current Modern era, there are 3 eras in the arts world that are most commonly referred to: Baroque, Classical, Romantic.

The Baroque Era spans from approximately 1600 to 1750. The courts maintained ensembles to show their prestige and were the patrons for many composers and performers. The solo voice/instrument started to emerge – giving importance during a piece to one particular instrument at a time. There was a surge in opera during this time as it gained popular acclaim. Interest in the violin grew. Composers from this time include Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Pachelbel, George Frideric Handel.

Next we move into the Classical Era, from approximately 1750 to 1820. Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, CPE Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert are all familiar names from this period. More patrons started to emerge who were not part of the court, allowing musicians to eventually earn a living without a court appointed position. Publishing music for money increased, adding to the ways for a musician to supplement their income.

Beethoven and Schubert cross over into the Romantic Era, approximately 1810 to 1920. Instinct and emotion were celebrated even more in music. More people now had a piano in their home and searched for music that would suit an amateur playing at home. Composers such as Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Franz Liszt are all associated with the Romantic Era.

We are fortunate to hear quite a variety of composers from different eras during our season. Do you have a favourite time period?

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