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17th Century Baroque Music in Britain

17th Century Baroque Music in Britain

Some of the composers were Dutch/ Flemish, others German and Italian, others were English... but all did time in Britain during the 17th century... Froberger's melancholic music was directly inspired by his visit to London, when he was mugged. Playford probably didn't write the Jig himself but published it in his essential collection of English dance music, and the best-selling music collection helped the peasant English dance become renamed as the 'gigue' in France, introduced to nobility as a court dance. Pachelbel's Canon in D is said to be one of the keystones of rock music (notably ripped off by Procol Harum for A Whiter Shade of Pale)... this was before the invention of the piano or violin when harpsichords and viols were all the rage!

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