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The Baroque Orchestra – a beginner’s guide

Learn about the baroque orchestra with Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima. We look at baroque violins from the 17th and 18th centuries and learn about the gut strings they would have used. Discover harpsichord facts and hear what the instrument sounds like. Find out about the Theorbo, a baroque instrument from the lute family and all about its fourteen strings.

As we tour this baroque orchestra, you will hear Brescianello’s Chaconne from the Suite in D Major. The Chaconne was a popular French dance from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the structure of the Chaconne and other music composed between 1600 and 1750 by baroque composers including Vivaldi and Bach.

This Key-Stage 2 music resource was created by La Serenissima. It has been made possible by a grant from Continuo Foundation and with support from Arts Council England during 2021. Filmed at Cedars Hall, Wells in June 2021.