IntroductionThis paper includes descriptions of music, art, descriptions of architecture, philosophy, and literature from the Renaissance and the age of Baroque. Two examples of each item are explained as a cultural anthropologist would expect to find in a time capsule. These examples are described as how they can reflect world events and cultural patterns of the time.
MusicThus the word "baroque," usually used despairingly by eighteenth-century art critics to describe the art and architecture of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, came to be applied also to the music of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Baroque music is the type of music developed within the historical period of about 1600-1750, lorded over by Bach and Handel (Ellis-Christensen, 2008).
Music began to change form the style of the Renaissance to a more complicated form around 1750. The period following the Renaissance is called the Baroque (The Internet Public Library, 2008).
Music of any period reflects, in its own way, some of the same influences or tendencies that are found in the other art of that time. The example of music a cultural anthropologist would expect to find in a time capsule would have to be opera since the true beginnings of opera coincides with the beginning of the baroque period. Opera began in Italy where it was created and made popular by the Camerata, a group of Florentine noblemen even though some believe that the first opera composer was Monteverdi (Essortment, n.d.).
Another example of music a cultural anthropologist would like to find in a time capsule would have to be classical music. This music was composed for small audiences and it was usually included solo songs and vocal cantatas. However, new style changes began to have an influence on church music. The Protestant and Catholic churches eventually accepted the...