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The Story of Great Music

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  1. Introduction

    What You Need to Begin
    5 Steps
  2. The Renaissance and Baroque Eras
    1. Renaissance
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    1 Quiz
  3. 2. Early Baroque
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    1 Quiz
  4. 3. Handel
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    1 Quiz
  5. 4. Bach
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    1 Quiz
  6. The Classical Era
    5. Haydn
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    1 Quiz
  7. 6. Mozart
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    1 Quiz
  8. 7. Beethoven
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    1 Quiz
  9. The Romantic Era
    8. Early German Romantics
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    1 Quiz
  10. 9. French Romantics
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    1 Quiz
  11. 10. Masters of the Piano
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    1 Quiz
  12. 11. Romantic Opera
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    1 Quiz
  13. 12. Brahms
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    1 Quiz
  14. 13. Romantic Nationalism
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  15. 14. Russian Romantics
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  16. The 20th Century
    15. French Impressionism
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  17. 16. Finland, England, & America
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  • Discover more ways in which Handel’s faith inspired his compositions. Make special note of inspiring quotations like those already in this lesson’s reading.
  • Words like ‘Allemande,’ ‘Courante’, ‘Sarabande’, ‘Menuets,’ and ‘Gavotte’ are some of the words used by Handel (and other composers) to indicate movements or sections of a sonata. You’ve read that they are words related to European dance forms. Research and define as many of these as you can. Have your findings handy when next you listen to a sonata, and look for the music to exemplify the qualities of each particular dance.