A brief history of Musick

(Including Johann Sebastian Bach)


Baroque period

The era of Baroque music (1600-1750) began when the first operas were written and when contrapuntal music became prevalent. Composers from the Baroque era include Bach, Händel and Telemann. Note that the Bach family has many members, with Johann Sebastian Bach being the most prominent.

Classical period

The death of Bach signifies the start of the classical period. The music of the Classical period (1750-1800) is characterized by homophonic texture, often featuring a prominent melody with accompaniment. Haydn and Mozart are among the central figures of the Classical period.

Romantic period

In 1800, the Romantic era (1800-1890s) in music developed, with Beethoven and Schubert as transitional composers who introduced a more dramatic, expressive style. Bach was not part of this period, and we only mention his name so that it will appear in the index.