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PhosphorusDecree
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31 Jul 2021, 11:17 am

Fantazia in B Flat for viols, by Henry Purcell. This is one of the very last pieces in the English Baroque viol consort tradition. The instruments were going out fashion, which I think is a shame- they're a lot easier to play in tune than a violin, for a start.


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21 Sep 2021, 4:43 pm

I did some digging into the lineage of composers leading up to Bach and found some very good keyboard music in certain early baroque composers. Specifically, Bach was quite influenced by the "stylus fantasticus", a improvisational and virtuostic style that almost has resemblance to jazz in its freedom. Here's a few composers that practiced this style-









These are early examples of what would become the german keyboard schools, which would provide massive influence to JS Bach and henceforth are worthy of listening in their own right.