All of the other delineated musical eras get at least a full century. The classical period of music was an era that lasted from approximately 1730 to 1820 although variations on it extended well into the middle of the nineteenth century.
Many things changed in the way music was written and performed.
Music in the classical era. At its longest the classical era ran just seventy to eighty years ending no later than 1820. Classical music with a capital c is defined as music composed specifically between the years of 1750 1820. Characteristics of the classical era melody reigns supreme.
It is mainly homophonic using a clear melody line over a subordinate chordal accompaniment but counterpoint was by no means forgotten especially later. Despite the classical era s short run its impact on instrumental music has been enormous. If you hear music spoken about in more general terms classical music can then be any music that is in opposition to pop or folk music the more serious music of a culture.
The era falls between the baroque and romantic eras and is characterized by elegant stylized forms. Even though this was not a very long period of music it was an important time in the music world. After the baroque era came the classical era of music 1750 1820.
The classical period falls between the baroque and the romantic periods. And the audiences for the music changed also. Other notable names include luigi boccherini muzio clementi antonio soler antonio salieri françois joseph gossec johann stamitz carl friedrich abel carl philipp emanuel bach and christoph willibald gluck.
The classical era in music is compositionally defined by the balanced eclecticism of the late 18th and early 19th century viennese school of haydn mozart beethoven and schubert who completely absorbed and individually fused or transformed the vast array of 18th century textures and formal types. Many of the characteristics of the baroque did however begin to decline in favour of a fresh perspective on music and all arts. The classical period was an era of classical music between roughly 1730 and 1820.
The key to understanding the early development of classical music in its time period lies with the appearance of a particular musical style one that originally attracted the terms galant rococo empfindsamer stil sensitive style and other descriptive words that emphasized its surface beauty formal balance refined expression diatonic harmonies and clear melodies as opposed to the rugged complicated and passionate counterpoint of the baroque. Expansion of the tripartite italian overture had produced the. While a more precise term is also used to refer to the period from 1750 to 1820 the classical period this article is about the broad span of time from before the 6th century ad to the present day which includes the classical period and various other.
The music of the baroque came directly before the classical period and many of its features flowed naturally into the newly emerging classical period. However the classical era is often cited as the latter half of the eighteenth century. Classical era composers seem now to.
The classical period falls between the baroque and the romantic periods. Classical period composers and performers came from europe but it did not take long for the music to find its way to european colonies around the globe. Classical music has a lighter clearer texture than baroque music and is less complex.
The best known composers from this period are joseph haydn wolfgang amadeus mozart ludwig van beethoven and franz schubert. Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of western culture including both liturgical religious and secular music.