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What is Classical Music?

Updated: May 1, 2021


Classical music is generally known as the music we listen to and experience when we go to a concert, the opera, and the symphony. There are also two distinct meanings for Classical Music and it is important to not get confused by it.


One is the Classical Music Period from around the middle of the 18th century to the early 19th century. During this time we have composers such as Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and they are known as composers from the classical period, compared to previous composers from the Baroque and Medieval eras. And also they came before the later composers from the Romantic eras such as Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin. So it is a period style - of NOT just music - but of art, architecture, literature, etc.


The term Classical Music is also used very generally to refer to Western Concert Music, which in a nutshell is music to actively listen to. See, music has many functions such as dance, entertainment, background music, and so on.


It can sometimes be referred to as serious music, which is actually an inaccurate term to call Classical Music because we have many Classical composers using humor and a variety of human emotions, like Haydn and Beethoven, just to name a few.


The bottom line, Classical Music is meant to be listened to as an experience, just like art is meant to be experienced, compared to music that is used for other purposes.


So to recap, Classical Music refers to the Classical period roughly the middle of the 18th century to the early 19th century and Classical Music also refers to Western Concert Music.


And there you have it!


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