Popular Works: Air on a G String, Double Violin Concerto, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, B Minor Mass, and The Unaccompanied Cello Suites
Popular Works: The Messiah, Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Water Music
Popular Works: The Four Seasons, Gloria, and Con Alla Rustica in G
4. George Philipp TelemannA good friend of both Bach and Handel, George Philipp Telemann was also a distinguished musician and composer of his time. Telemanns incorporation of unusual instrumentation in his concertos is one of the things that that made him unique.
Popular Works: Viola Concerto in G, Trio Sonata in C minor, and the Paris Quartets
5. Arcangelo CorelliArcangelo Corelli was an Italian teacher, violinist, and composer. Corellis mastery of the tone of the newly invented violin earned him great reviews throughout Europe. He is coined to have been the first person to create basic violin technique.
Popular Works: Concerto Grossi, Christmas Concerto, and Sonata de camera in D minor
6. Henry PurcellWithin a lifetime of only thirty-five years, Purcell achieved musical greatness by being considered one of Englands greatest composers and the most original composer of his time. Purcell was extremely talented in word-setting and composed very successful works for stage.
Popular Works: Dido & Aeneas, The Fairy Queen, and Sound the Trumpet
7. Domenico ScarlattiDomenico Scarlatti, son of Alessandro Scarlatti (another well-known baroque composer), wrote 555 known harpsichord sonatas, of which, over half was written in the last six years of his life. Scarlatti made use of Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish dance rhythms throughout many of his works.
Popular Works: Essercizi per Gravicembalo (sonatas for harpsichord)
8. Jean-Philippe RameauA French composer, Jean-Philippe Rameaus music was known for its bold melodic lines and harmonies. Aside from harpsichord, Rameaus greatest contribution to music was in tragédie lyrique opera. His wide use of moods and musical colors were beyond those of his counterparts.
Popular Works: Hippolyte et Aricie and Castor et Pollux, Trait, and Les Indes galantes
9. Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel taught Johann Christoph Bach (J.S. Bachs older brother) music. J.C. Bach said that J.S. Bach greatly admired Pachelbels music. Pachelbels music is considered by many to be stylistically related to J.S. Bachs.
Popular Works: Pachelbel Canon, Chaconne in F minor, and Toccata in C minor for organ