During the Baroque era, Western instruments began to emerge in their modern forms, and composers began to develop ensembles and genres solely devoted to instrumental music. These innovations provided the foundation for the beginning of the “common practice period,” which includes music that is still heard on a regular basis today. Choose an example of instrumental music (that you can share a link to with your classmates so that they may also listen) from any time or era of Western music and discuss the use of instruments in your selected piece. What specific musical qualities of each instrument are highlighted? Is the piece an example of “abstract” music or is it designed to express a specific idea or emotion? In responding to classmates’ posts discuss how advances in technology may have shaped the sound of the instruments discussed.