What are the Four Periods of Music?


The Four Periods of Music are the time periods of the history of music. Music first started in the Stone Age. Cavemen or Homo Sapiens first banged rocks to create sounds. It then went on until we come to our first period.

The Baroque Period was the first time music was fully experimented with. Banging a rock may make sound, but if you can experiment with that sound and maybe add in other sounds you can start experimenting with music! There were several famous musicians who lived in the Baroque era. Bach and Vivaldi were just some of them!

Then came the Classical Period. Do you know who Mozart is? What about Beethoven? Both of these very famous musicians lived in the Classical era of music! They wrote musical pieces for big giant orchestras. This captivated the audience and made them excited!

Then came the Romantic Period. This period held the most musicians of all! The music that was written was usually written with a lot of emotion.

Last, but not least, comes the Contemporary Period. Contemporary is a fancy word for saying most up-to-date. This music was all about getting the audience to start dancing! This music included jazz, rags, and blues!

Those were the Four Periods of Music. Now you know it all!

Further Information

Composers in Baroque Era: Johann Sebastian Bach (Germany, 1685-1750), George Friedrich Handel (Germany, 1685-d. England 1759), Antonio Vivaldi (Italy 1678-1741), Georg Philipp Telemann (Germany, 1681-1767)

Composers in Classical Era: Ludwig van Beethoven (Germany, 1770-1827), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russia 1840-1893), Joseph Haydn (Austria, 1732-1809), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austria, 1756-1791).

Composers in Romantic Era: Frederic Chopin (b. Poland 1810 - d. France 1849), Edvard Grieg (Norway, 1843-1907), Franz Schubert (Austria, 1797-1828), Robert Schumann (Germany, 1810-1856).

Composers in Contemporary Era: Bela Bartok (b. Hungary 1881 - d. new York 1945), Sergei Prokofiev (Russia, 1891-1953), Dmitri Shostakovich (Russia, 1906-1975), Claude Debussy (France 1862-1918), Gustav Mahler (Austria 1860-1911)