- Early baroque: from 1600 to 1670, containing early opera, simple choral arranging and small ensembles.
- Middle baroque: from ca. 1670 to 1720, heavily influenced by French ceremonial music and the rule of Louis XIV.
- Late baroque: In short, the age of Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel. Lots of pomp, great choruses and awesome musical effects.
Baroque Music in general is defined as "music written and performed between 1600 and 1750". As this is an overly long period of time, musicologists tend to split it up: