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Glossary of Characteristics of Baroque

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Melody
complex, wide range
Rhythm
dance-like, continuous (rhythmn continuum)
Dynamics
stay the same (terraced dynamics)
Harmony
major, minor tonality
Texture
polyphonic
Other things to know
Basso continuo
Opera seria
Recapitulation
Aria
Symphony Movement I
Sonata
Fast/Moderate
Complex, substantial
Symphony Movement II
Not fixed
Slow
Lyrical, song-like
Symphony Movement III
Minuet-Trio
Moderate
Dance-like, triple meter
Symphony Movement IV
Sonata or Rondo
Fast/Very Fast
Tuneful, brilliant

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