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The term Classical music has a general meaning and a specific meaning. As a general term, it is used in opposition to the ideas of popular music and folk music.
When people talk about "Classical" music, they usually mean Western art music of any time period. However there are other types of classical music; classical music of India for example.
This not to be confused with the Classical Period in art, architecture, and literature, where the works of ancient Rome and Greece are considered to be the Classical period.
Prior to the Classical Period, polyphonic music ran together in two or more voices, using strands of melodies running along together. With the onset of the Classical Period, focus shifted to a single melody with harmonic accompaniment. Homophonic, or unisonic, music was simple, with accompaniments often consisting of broken chords that were played as single notes.
the Baroque period (ca.1600 to 1750) saw composers beginning to rebel against the styles that were prevalent during the High Renaissance.
Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) begins the Classical Period and is sometimes even thought of as composing during a transitional time on the heels of the Baroque Period as it led into the Classical.
The term neoclassical in Western music refers to twentieth-century pieces that were strongly influenced by eighteenth century ideals.
The Romantic era produced many more composers whose names and music are still familiar and popular today: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, and Wagner are perhaps the most well-known, but there are plenty of others who may also be familiar, including Strauss, Verdi, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Puccini, and Mahler. Ludwig van Beethoven.
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