7 Famous baroque pieces you should listen to

famous baroque pieces

The Baroque period is mainly the point at which the orchestra was born, opera started in a major way and the concerto allowed soloists to appropriately flaunt. In this article, We want to share with you some of the most famous baroque pieces.

Baroque music was written in many forms by many composers like Bach, Vivaldi and Handel, over the course of 150 years, From the period’s beginnings in the early 1600s to when the Classical period style began to take over in the mid 1700s, collecting all forms of music and ideas. As time progresses, popular baroque music ideas are picked up and expounded, then further studied and expanded. Discover our list of 7 best baroque music to get you in the Baroque mood.


Famous pieces from the baroque period


1. Bach – Cello Suites

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Solo Cello Suites are some of the most emotionally classical music works in the Baroque repertoire. He composed these pieces for Unaccompanied Cello between 1717–23, based on six dance movements.

It is intriguing that Bach was interested in cello instrument although he was not known to have played!!

However, The most famous movement, the ‘Prelude’ from Suite No. 1 in G, is a great example of Bach’s genius.

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Yo-Yo Ma - Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude (Official Video)


2. Vivaldi – Four Seasons

The Four Seasons, composed in 1723, is one of Baroque legend Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous works for violin. It is a collection of violin concertos; in reality, it is music’s first tone poem – that is, music with a narrative or illustrative basis. Each concerto of his Four Seasons corresponds to a different season.

Read also: Vivaldi most famous pieces that are NOT the four seasons

Vivaldi Four Seasons: 'Winter' (L'Inverno), complete; Cynthia Freivogel, Voices of Music 4K RV 297

Find out more about Baroque era classical music with these top 50 Greatest baroque tracks playlist From Bach’s Cello Suites to Allegri’s Miserere. 


3. Canon in D major – Johann Pachelbel

The canon was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo.

It became very popular in the 1970s, after French conductor Jean-François Paillard made a recording. Since then, the music has been recorded hundreds of times.

Download canon in d piano sheet music

Pachelbel Canon in D Major - the original and best version.


4. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor

The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, two-part musical composition for organ written, according to its oldest extant sources, by Johann Sebastian Bach 300 years ago. Find out more about this Toccata and Fugue in D minor here.

J.S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565


5. Handel – Messiah

This work “messiah oratorio” was composed in just 24 days by George Frideric Handel. His friend Charles Jennens wrote a libretto taken from the Bible, based on the life of Jesus Christ, and gave it to Handel to compose a new work “Messiah”. The most famous part of this work is “Hallelujah” Chorus.

''Hallelujah'' chorus, from Händel's Messiah - Mormon Tabernacle Choir


6. Bach – Brandenburg Concertos

This work is a collection of six concertos, widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era. They are based on the Italian concerto grosso style. Their happy and upbeat nature easily inspires and excites listeners of all nationalities.

Bach - Richter, Conciertos de Brandenburgo 1-6, BWV 1046-1051


7. Henry Purcell – Fairy Queen

a semi-opera “The Fairy Queen” is a play with substantial incidental music. The libretto is an anonymous adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is closer to a modern musical than to anything conventionally operatic.

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z.629 – Bremer Barockorchester, François Fernandez

That’s all. We hope that this list helped you pick some of the most famous baroque music works. You may also want to see our baroque pieces 50 tracks playlist. 

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