Music History 102
a Guide to Western Composers and their Music from the Middle Ages to the Present CONTENTS of Music History 102: As is usual with information on the history of Western music, this site has been organized according to the eras of history: The Middle Ages After the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, Western Europe entered a time known as "The Dark Ages" — a period when invading hordes of Vandals, Huns, and Visigoths overran Europe. These years were marked by constant warfare, the absence of a Holy Roman Emperor, and the virtual disappearance of urban life. The Renaissance Generally considered to be from ca.1420 to 1600, the Renaissance (which literally means "rebirth") was a time of great cultural awakening and a flowering of the arts, letters, and sciences throughout Europe. The Baroque Age The Classical Period At this time the Austrian capital of Vienna became the musical center of Europe, and works of the period are often referred to as being in the Viennese style.
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