For music, the baroque style emerged in the early 17th century with the invention of opera in Italy.
Eloquence and theatricality were the principal characteristics of this new style.
For the violin, its elevation in status from a popular Renaissance instrument, to the preferred orchestral instrument, began with the first operas, and lead to advances in craftsmanship, as famous Italian instrument makers, like Amati and Stradivarius, developed the shapes and characteristics that remain the references of excellence to this day.
In France, the Italian born Lully, created the King's group of Twenty-Four Violins to meet the court's needs for dances, ceremonies and the nascent tragédie en musique (the French version of opera).
Throughout Europe, the violin became the favoured melodic instrument.
Technical exercises for violin
1. Melodic exercises from the Baroque period
2. Sixteen variations for bowing
3. 3 and 4 note arpeggios
1. La Mantovana (5 violins)
2. Woodycock (3 violins)
3. Stingo (4 violins)
4. Nobody's Jig (2 violins)
5. Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs (4 violins)
6. Menuet de Monsieur Jourdain (2 violins)
7. Les sauvages (3 violins)
8. If Love's a Sweet Passion (3 violins)
9. Canon (2 violins)
10. Bist du bei mir (5 violins)
11. Sarabande (4 violins)
12. Fantasia (solo violin)