The Rise of Europe,
(1450 C.E. to 1750 C.E.

The early modern period of Europe, 145-1740, contains the expansion of the European states and their creation of empires, but it also examines the first world trading system. Within Europe, there were dynamic changes politically, culturally, and socially that came to shatter much of the old world order. Creating such paradigm shifts was an explosive economic engine, that began in 1492, when Columbus, sailed the ocean blue.

Study Guide - Rise of Europe
This is the study guide for chapters 16 - 17.
Important Links

Wikipedia - The Renaissance
A very good overview of the Renaissance with great artistic links.

Wikipedia-Protestant Reformation
A very good place to begin an investigation of the Protestant Reformation

Wikipedia-Counter Reformation
A good place to examine the Counter Reformation that responded to the criticisms of the Protestants.

The Rise of European Classical Music

The Classical period falls between the Baroque and the Romantic periods. The best known composers from this period are Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven; other notable names include Luigi Boccherini, Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor, Muzio Clementi, Johann Ladislaus Dussek, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Christoph Willibald Gluck. Beethoven is also sometimes regarded either as a Romantic composer or a composer who was part of the transition to the Romantic; Franz Schubert is also something of a transitional figure, as are Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Luigi Cherubini and Carl Maria von Weber. The period is sometimes referred to as the era of Viennese Classic or Classicism (German: Wiener Klassik), since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert all worked at some time in Vienna, comprising the First Viennese School.

You are listening to Youth Performing Arts Orchestra performing the first movement form Eine Kleine Nachtmusik