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The basso continuo is ever-present in Baroque music.
Textures are primarily melody and accompaniment or contrapuntal.
Voices and instruments were freely mixed.
Newly developed instruments provided a rich palette of tone color.
Rhythms are often derived from dance rhythms.
Melodies are ornate and often make use of dramatic leaps.
Harmony is based on major/minor tonality, and dissonances become more common.
Repetition and simple binary and ternary forms provide the basis for musical structure.
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