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VII. Western Europe 1650-1760

VIIk. Church Music in the Eighteeths Century Outside Italy


The secular, individualistic temper of the eighteenth century had the effect of brining sacred music into conformity with the style of secular music, particularly that of the theatre. A few composers in the Catholic countries ably carried on the ancient tradition of Palestrina, or the polychoral style of Benevoli; among such may be mentioned the Spanish master Francisco Valle of Barcelona and the Roman, Giuseppe Antonio Pitoni. But the dominant trend was to introduce into the church the musical idioms and forms of opera, with orchestral accompaniment, da capo arias, and accompanied recitatives. Some composers, particularly in northern Italy, southern Germany and Austria, effected a compromise between conservative and modern elements, and this mixed style, influenced also by the instrumental symphonic forms of the Classical period, was the background of the sacred compositions of Haydn and Mozart.

The Composers (and some others)

Name and link to Whent´s Bibliography Years Country # of PDF/Midi Discography MP3
Johann Joseph Ignaz Brentner 1689-1742 Bohemia . Discography .
Jean Gilles 1668-1705 France . . .
Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki c.1665-1734 Poland . . MP3
Adam Michna Otradovic 1600-1676 Czech . . MP3
Valentin Rathgeber 1682-1750 Germany cpdl=1 . MP3
Johan Helmich Roman 1694-1758 Sweden . . MP3

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