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The World's Greatest Music
The first ever operas were written around 1600 by Baroque composers including Monteverdi and Cavalieri, and the genre quickly took off. Early operas used dramatic text and music to express their stories, which were often based on Classical Greek and Roman mythology.
In sowing the seeds of early opera, composers wrote emotive words with elaborate musical embellishments or clashing harmonies to highlight the text. A lute or harpsichord provided the accompaniment.
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