This was the period of Catholic revival from 1545 until the end of the Thirty Years War (1648)
Sparked in 1517 by Luther's Ninety Five Thesis and was effectively a rebel against the Catholic Church so Protestants formed
In Germany, all the arts suffered during the 30 Years' War (1618 - 1648), after which the Italian style swept into favour, and held sway throughout the Baroque era.
Occured between 1618 and 1648 in mainly central Europe and was one of the most destructive wars in Europe
Although it was initiated by the Catholic and Protestant feud it quickly escalated into more than that
Charles II in 1660, brought severe austerity policies' with the Restoration from 1660 onwards came a musical revival, beginning with a distinctly domestic style, but later adopting the popular Italian style.
Louis XIV was a keen Ballerina and therefore encouraged the writing of Baroque music to dance too
French Baroque music influenced the architecture at the time of both Louis' reins
During the middle of the baroque period, the new musical style spread from Italy to the rest of Europe. Church modes gave way to major and minor modes and instrumental music took on a greater importance.
governments and authority got more involved in sponsoring the performing arts, including music. which allowed money to be spent on the development of instruments and strived to reach the instruments full potential.
Many instruments reached the peak of their development at the height of the baroque era; the organs of Arp Schnitger (north Germany) and Bach’s close friend Gottfried Silbermann (Saxony, south Germany)