• The Ancien Regime


    The Ancien Regime describes the old order that existed in Europe prior to the French Revolution. Characterized by social stagnation and stratification, the system that evolved in Europe set the ground work for revolt, and the ascendancy of Great Britain as the dominant power in Europe.

    Important Documents

    This is the study guide for chapters 17 & 18.

    Important Links
      Ancien Regime in France
      This provides a more detailed overview of the period in France prior to the French Revolution.

      Wikipedia-Early Modern France
      This site describes the political situation in France just prior to the Revolution.

      Wikipedia-Seven Years War
      This site provides a nice overview of the Seven Years War (the French and Indian War to us Americans). It is a pivotal war for both France, England, and the colonies.


      Music of the Ancien Regime

    Baroque music describes a period or style of European classical music approximately extending from 1600 to 1750.[1] This era is said to begin in music after the Renaissance and was followed by the Classical music era. The word "baroque" came from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning "misshapen pearl",[2] a strikingly fitting characterization of the architecture of this period;later, the name came to be applied also to its music. Baroque music forms a major portion of the classical music canon, being widely studied, performed, and listened to. It is associated with composers such as Claudio Monteverdi, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Arcangelo Corelli, Tomaso Albinoni and Johann Sebastian Bach. The baroque period saw the development of functional tonality.During the period, composers and performers used more elaborate musical ornamentation; made changes in musical notation, and developed new instrumental playing techniques. Baroque music expanded the size, range and complexity of instrumental performance, and also established opera as a musical genre. Many musical terms and concepts from this era are still in use today.


    The most famous of these composers is by Johann Sebastian Bach. You are listening to Violin Concerto #1 in Allegro (BVM 1041).