Baroque Music Cards

These printable Baroque Music Cards will help you and your kids become more familiar with composers and music from the past.  Just print them by clicking here or on the picture below, play the pieces and match the cards, composers, and pieces of music.


The Baroque Period

The Baroque Period followed the Renaissance and was a response to the Reformation.  The Reformation had emphasized simplicity and music and art for everyday people, not just the elite.  The Baroque Period, by contrast, is very ornate and extravagant.  Music began to be written for multiple instruments to play different tunes at the same time, but in symphony, in orchestras and concertos.  Opera was invented during this period with its over the top singing styles, costumes, and pageantry.  Composers begin to give directions for how their pieces should be played, piano (soft), forte (loud), and so on.Baroque-Music-Cards

How To Use the Cards

  1. Lay all the cards out on a table face up.
  2. Find each piece online and play them.
  3. After the student makes a guess, tell them the correct answer.
  4. Review the pieces and musicians several times.
  5. Then play another famous piece by the composer.  See if the students can recognize the style and guess the correct composer.

Play the Music

Here are the pieces featured on the cards:  (Most of them are very long, or we include videos of only a small section of the whole.  You need only play a few minutes of each piece for the purposes of this exercise. Listen to the whole thing later when you’re driving in the car or doing chores.)

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

The Christmas Concerto by Corelli

Music For the Royal Fireworks by George Handel

The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell

Brandenburg Concerto no 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel

 Additional Layers

  • Learn about the instruments used by Baroque musicians.  Some of the pieces in the videos above use authentic Baroque instruments, while others do not.  How does the choice of instruments change the feeling and sound of a piece?
  • The Baroque style was a response to the Reformation style and the Classical style that follows Baroque is a response to Baroque.  Think about how culture swings from one philosophy to another.  Consider your culture today.  Where is it on the pendulum?  What is it swinging toward and what is it swinging away from?

More Art Cards

Head over to our Arts page for even more lesson plans and free printable art cards.  Also check out Layers of Learning Unit 3-6 for more Baroque Music Explorations and Units 3-7 and 3-8 for Baroque Art.

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