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On the outside most often described as ornate, even gaudy at times, the Baroque Period is much more complex a period than its outward appearance belies. On one had it was an era of artistic expression and awakening in all branches of the arts, but it was also, deep within its fiber, intrinsically entwined with the power of the Church…

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They also engaged them through the frequent observance of religious holidays and pilgrimages. Behind the robust display of pietas austriaca stood the conceit that the dynasty and its policies had been specially ordained by divine Providence." (Ingrao, 2002, 30) Throughout examining the various forms of art during the Baroque Period the power and influence of the church was unquestionably one of the driving forces of the era and influenced every aspect of life will be shown.
The Baroque Era of Music is traditionally considered the period of time between 1580 and 1760. As with other art forms of the period, the Baroque Era of music is noted for its ornate qualities. One of the most notable music forms coming out of this period was the Opera. Although there were variations of the Opera throughout Europe, including Italy, Germany, England and France, during the Baroque Period, they all contained several interlocking threads: the ornate set designs, beautiful melodies and professional presentation. The opera was originally designed as a form of entertainment for the court and as such usually spared no expense in their set design and elaborate costumes. ...
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