Aspects of Baroque Style (IX) – The Baroque Music in the Modern Age

As we all know, baroque period ended 250 years ago, but we can still hear it everywhere. In the concert halls, the most important composers’ works are performed but also recordings help to maintain baroque music nowadays. The genres that occurred in the baroque period are still used by the composers of this century. In my opinion, even in some jazz music pieces, the free style of the music – improvisation – matches the baroque music style.

In addition to these, some of the rock groups’ guitar soloists play the most famous passages of Vivaldi’s or Bach’s works or they include them into their pieces. I know that the band Deep Purple tried it. According to some musicians, there are similarities between baroque and rock music. For instance; “the harmonic progressions, structural frameworks, melodic patterns, etc.” There are differences, but also a relatively high syntactic correlation. (Richard Middleton, Studying Popular Music, 30-31).

Baroque music not only has an influence on rock music, but also on tango argentino in such a way that there is a version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in tango style which is arranged by Astor Piazzola. Four Seasons also performed with electronic guitar and drums by the violonist David Garrett. (You can see it in the video that I shared.)

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