Galant style

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November 1678, first issue of the Mercure Galant
Entertainments of Gallantry (1712)

The galant style was an 18th-century movement in music, visual arts and literature. In Germany a closely related style was called the empfindsamer Stil (sensitive style).[1] Another close relative is rococo style.[clarification needed] The galant style was drawn in opposition to the strictures of the Baroque style, emphasizing light elegance in place of the Baroque's dignified seriousness and high grandeur.[2][3]


In music, the galant emphasis was on simplicity, immediacy of appeal, and elegance.[4][5]


In fashion, galant featured perfumed handkerchiefs and powdered wigs for both sexes.[6] The fantastic exotic asymmetry of bizarre silk patterns were symptomatic of galant tastes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Daugherty, James F. "The Classical Period (1775-1825)". University of Kansas. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  2. ^ Hoffer, Charles (2012). Music Listening Today (4 ed.). Cengage Learning. p. 123. ISBN 9780495916147. LCCN 2010940572. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  3. ^ Bachus, Nancy, ed. (2006-07-01). The Baroque Piano: The Influence of Society, Style, and Musical Trends on the Great Piano Composers. Alfred Music. p. 69. ISBN 0739042955. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  4. ^ "Style Galant". Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  5. ^ White, Chappell (1994). From Vivaldi to Viotti: A History of the Early Classical Violin Concerto. Gordon and Breach. p. xiv. ISBN 2881244955. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  6. ^ Daniel, Ralph Thomas. "Western music: The sonata and concerto". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-02-24.

External links[edit]

The dictionary definition of galant style at Wiktionary