The music of the 17th century, Monteverdi, Scarlatti and Vivaldi; the age of Bach and Handel, the birth of opera and the Italian concertante style; German counterpoint and French instrumental style; arias, cantatas and new vocal forms. Throughout the Baroque era, musical inventiveness and creativity triumphed. Radiating out of Italy, it conquered all the European courts.
New were the forms, the musical instruments and the harmonies, as was also the case in architecture, literature and figurative art. The central perspective gave way to a multiplicity of points of view and the musicians of this period forged a new style, bizarre and eccentric, which to this day still subjugates for its originality and ingenuity. Curved lines and moving surfaces, contrasts of light and shadow, a quest for dramatic effects: "The poet's aim is to produce the marvellous", wrote Giambattista Marino, one of the greatest exponents of Baroque poetry, about four hundred years ago. Throughout the time of Caravaggio, Carracci, Reni, Domenichino, Guercino, the word "poet" could just as well be replaced in this affirmation by the binomial "every artist". LuganoMusica will be retracing over a century of Baroque music and welcoming some of the world's leading ensembles in this field.