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Definition of the noun classical music

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  1. traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of classical music: classical / serious music
    • more generic terms: genre / music genre / musical genre / musical style = an expressive style of music
    • more specific terms:
      • chamber music = serious music performed by a small group of musicians
      • opera = a drama set to music
      • oratorio / cantata = a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
      • concerto = a composition for orchestra and a soloist
      • fugue = a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
      • rondeau / rondo = a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata
      • sonata = a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms

Alternative definition of the noun classical music


  1. [music] Music of the classical period; the music of Mozart, Haydn, etc; the musical period before the romantic.
  2. [informal] The more serious forms of European and American music, as opposed to folk music, jazz or the many forms of popular music.


  1. Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music. It encompasses a broad period from roughly the 11th century to the present day. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice period. The major time divisions of classical music are the early music period, which includes Medieval and Renaissance, the Common practice period, which includes the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, and the modern and contemporary period, which includes 20th century and contemporary.
  2. "Classical Music" a.k.a. "Various" is a musical single of X-Agon.
  3. "Classical Music" is a musical single of Action Painting!.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  4. "Classical Music" is a musical album of Family Fodder.
    • released on (5 years ago)


  1. "Classical music" is a book by John Stanley.
    • also known as "Classical music: the great composers and their masterworks"
  2. "Classical music" is a book by Philip G. Downs.
    • also known as "Classical music: the era of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven"


Classical Music a.k.a. Classical Music Magazine is a trade magazine for the classical music profession. It champions those working in the UK classical music industry - notably as main media partner in the ABO/Rhinegold Awards for backstage industry figures, held for the first time in January 2012 - and has correspondents across Great Britain and in New York.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Classical music

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Music of the Classical Period (2012)

by Bertil H. Van Boer

β€œClassical music” has two definitions, one narrower and referring to a glorious period in musical history running from about 1730 to 1800, give or take a decade or so on each end, and the other encompassing the entire span of serious or β€œart” ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Romantic Music (2013)

by John Michael Cooper

Historical Dictionary ofModern and Contemporary Classical Music. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012. Boer, Bertil van. Historical Dictionary ofMusic of ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2003)

VolumeII: Performance and Production by John Shepherd

This notation's relationship to popular music differs in some important respects from its relationship to classical music. To understand how this notation and, indeed, other forms related to it function within popular music, it is necessary to ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 12: Music by Bill C. Malone

Classical Music and Opera By the 18th century, ...

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But those musics do not address the larger kind of architecture in time that classical music does, whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean. (Michael Tilson Thomas)
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