The Classical Period: Quick Reference

September 29, 2008

The term “classical music” is generally used as a term meaning music featuring instruments of the symphony orchestra and choir.  It is, however a period in musical history the lasted from 1750 to 1820.  The Classical period falls between the Baroque and the Romantic period.

 The composers from this period are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Joseph Haydn.  Beethoven is also sometimes considered to be a romantic Period composer as his dates (December 16, 1770 –  March 26, 1827) and musical style bridge the transitional period.

The Classical period in music moved toward structural clarity, and away from the layered polyphonic style of the Baroque period.  The a melody became a predominated feature over harmony.

 

Further Reading

Classical Music – Wikipedia.org

Classical Composers Database – Classical music composers with biographies and works

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