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Early music is based mainly on the music of the Medieval Renaissance and Baroque eras Many people like to define Early Music as ending in 1750 with the death of JS Bach This is a handy date but it misses the various stylistic changes taking place around that time ie the emergence of the gallant and pre-classical idioms in close proximity to the final flowering of the baroque proper To add even more confusion this is also not clear-cut As with everything else Baroque music ended gradually and sporadically if we are to say that it ended all Perhaps the significant factor defining these eras as early music is that they do not have a continuous performance tradition In other words this music ceased to be performed after its time had passed and needed to be revived in our own era This is not true of the classical music of Mozart Beethoven et al Which possesses a continuous performance tradition This means that to some degree it is this revival which dominates EM that is early music as a movement at least in spirit Of course things are not clear-cut here either For instance late Baroque composers like Bach Handel Vivaldi and etc Were revived relatively early and therefore have a fairly long performance tradition which is not dependent on the present early music movement Now we are seeing an increasingly large number of performances of Mozart Beethoven and others in the content of early music this further muddies the
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