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Glossary of Baroque Period

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Trio Sonata
two melody parts plus continuo
Concerto
for a solo intrustment and orchestra
Suite
series of dance movements
Opera
drama set to music (usually opera seria)
Oratorio
similiar to opera; no staging or costumes; religious text
Ground Bass
variation form where the bass is repeated continuously
Da Capo Aria
Aria in ABA form
Binary Dance
two part form with each section repeated
Ritornello
form with a reccuring theme (the ritornello)
Fugue
composition written in imitative polyphony with single main theme; the fugue subject

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