Musical works and their composers are usually described
as belonging to a specific era: Bach wrote "Baroque" music,
for example, while Chopin was a "Romantic" composer.
These terms serve as a sort of shorthand to tell us that
the music shares aspects of style with other pieces written
at roughly the same time. These eras of music, however,
relate to more than just the sounds of the pieces.
They reflect broad changes in society and culture that
influenced the way music was written, performed, and heard.
In this section you can explore the historical themes,
musical context, and stylistic ideas that mark the six
major periods of music: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque,
Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century.
You can also learn about the composers of these periods
and explore how musical style changed from era to era.
- Middle Ages
- 20th Century