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Aspects of Classical Music

As with all music genres there are certain defining aspects. Classical music is a genre which is easier to define than most. It is one of the oldest music genres, with its earliest forms being around a thousand years old, and, despite fears for its survival, it still remains popular today.

Written Music

Unlike a lot of popular music, which is often played by memory, classical music relies a great deal on music being written down, but not exclusively so. When music is written down, it means that it is easier to pass on to both current and future generations of musicians. The accurate playing of classical compositions is made possible by music being recorded in written form. Classical music has been written down for centuries, which helped spread the popularity of many classical composers.

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100 Classical Hits
by: Various Artists
October 13, 2003

Instrumentation

Classical music relies heavily on the variety of instruments in an orchestra. There will also be occasions, when small groupings play a part of a classical piece using the same instruments, an example being a string quartet. Different types of instruments will be used to convey different moods in a piece of classical music. Woodwind will often be used for a light mood, whereas brass and percussion will be more explosive and dramatic. Keyboards and strings will be utilized to convey both drama and pathos.

Connecting with People

Though classical music is sometimes seen as elitist, it wouldn't have survived for centuries if it lacked the power to connect with people. Some classical composers were the pop stars of their day, including Chopin, Liszt, and Paganini. The latter two would travel around Europe playing their compositions. Great orchestras from around the world, to this day, perform at concerts in the world's major cities. Classical music is also, arguably, inexpensive to buy, either on CD or as a download, compared to other music genres.

Complexity

The most famous tunes in classical music are easy to remember, but there is often a complexity to how the music is both arranged and written. The mood in one piece of classical music may change dramatically from light to heavy. There will often be several parts to a piece of music, too. An overture, at the beginning of an orchestral work, may be followed by a wide range of musical contrasts, that ends with a finale.


 

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