Baroque is a style of Western European music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. The word “baroque” originates from the Portuguese barroco which means ‘”imperfect pearl.” We can understand why it’s called a pearl because it is beautiful. Then why is it called ‘imperfect’? Well, this is my thought: Baroque music obviously sounds beautiful, but people in the 18th century would have felt a little bit strange about it because they were used to Renaissance music. Perhaps due to this reason, people called it an “imperfect pearl.”

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