Baroque Music, Bernini for Your Ears
This 90-second mini piano concert demonstrates how Baroque composers like Bach and Scarlatti — with their dueling melodies and frilly trills can be like Bernini for your ears. Music holds hands with the visual arts as we parade through the ages.
Complete Video Script
[58, Rick played Invention No. 8 by Bach and Sonata in D Major (K96, Longo 465) by Scarlatti] By the way, the music of this period — Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, they all lived at the same time — is like Bernini for your ears. We've been talking about the visual arts. But I like to remember that all the arts — and that includes music — are in sync. They hold hands as they walk through the ages. In terms of Baroque music, you're likely to hear two melodies dancing together like this Bach invention…[music] And another feature of Baroque is ornamentation. And in music that means trills. Check out this Scarlatti…[music] Boy, if you're gonna play Baroque music…it's good to have ruffles on your sleeves.
 The Baroque style dominated much of Europe throughout this age. Whether it was found in the highly ornamented music of the day — its grandiose churches…over-the-top palaces…dramatic statues…or bubbling fountains — Baroque art was designed to have an emotional impact…and it still does.