The great rebirth of learning which fuelled the Italian Renaissance led Man to see himself as the controller of his own destiny. Confidence in an innate facility for progress laid the foundations of a European civilization which would influence the entire world.
Italian music in the period following the Renaissance is one of the most glorious expressions of this confidence. Essentially noble and strong, its bold statements are alive with a fresh uninhibited vigour. This music is undeniably among the chief gifts of the Italian Baroque to the rest of Europe.