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 progression 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 and uninhibited vigor. As the musical language grew to accommodate this new feeling several remarkable concepts of, Concerto Grosso, and Sinfonia, at first virtually synonymous, began to show the distinct characteristics so central to the structuring of music through all succeeding generations. This music is undeniably among the chief gifts of the Italian Baroque to the rest of Europe. structure made their first appearance. Sonata