if it ain’t baroque…
by pieces of moments
Kids. Seriously. 17th Century music is so where it’s at. If you thought those post romantics were all crazy with their slipply-slide harmonics and (aka: leading tone overdose) you are WAY behind.
I promise you, if you listen to 1:45-2:32 on the video below, your jaw will drop to the floor. Go ahead…then continue reading after…
WASN’T THAT THE MOST INSANELY AWESOME THING YOU HAVE EVER HEARD?!?!?!!?!?
I LOVE YOU 17th CENTURY!!!!!!!
That gem is by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704). It’s his Battalia à 10, C. 61. Battalia were part of this whole “battle music” scene back in the day (perhaps you have heard this example, “La Guerre,” by Clément Janequin (1485-1558) in some music appreciation class somewhere?). The segment to which I requested you listen is entitled, Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley: Allegro, or “The dissolute society of all sorts.” Yeah, I think that’s called pretty amazing text painting…minus the text, of course.
Now, be honest. If someone had played that for you, wouldn’t you have been like: “That must be some crazy dude having fun in composition class last year”??? Well, in any case, you have to admit it’s pretty hard core…especially if you consider Biber was born just a few decades before Bach, and they overlapped as contemporaries for a while.
So, basically, what I’m trying to get across is that the Baroque just ain’t what most people think it is…it’s way more insane.