Identify the elements that place the work in its particular time period.
Research background information on the composer and chosen work. Why was this piece composed? Was the work meant to tell a story? If so,
this is called “program music.” What story was it meant to musically interpret? Some program music was composed for ballet, opera, or theater. Was your chosen piece originally used for this? If it is not program music, it is absolute music: music written not to represent any idea, but because the composer liked those particular musical elements together. However, it may have been composed for a special event, such as a coronation, wedding, party or church service; find its original use.