Baroque era

The Baroque period in history witnessed a new exploration of ideas and innovations in art, music, archetecture, literature and philosophy. Italy was at the hub of new culture and led the way when it came to exploring new ideas and fashions. The word 'baroque' comes from the Portuguese for 'pearl' and was used in reference to the ornate architecture and elaborate gilded paintings, frescoes and designs that covered the interior walls and ceilings of German and Italian churches of the period. One particular aspect of this style that made its way into the music was the emphasis on an ornamented or 'decorative' melody line.
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