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Classical Music History


See how music has evolved through the years by learning about different musical forms and getting to know influential composers from each period.
  1. Medieval/Middle Ages
  2. The Renaissance
  3. Baroque Period
  1. Classical Period
  2. Romantic Period
  3. 20th Century

Medieval/Middle Ages


Music during the Middle Ages is characterized by the beginning of musical notation as well as polyphony. During this time, there were two general types of music styles: the monophonic and the polyphonic.

The Renaissance


Renaissance means "rebirth" and in music this period brought about many changes in the way music was created and perceived.

Baroque Period


The word "baroque" comes from the Italian word "barocco" which means bizarre. The Baroque period was a time when composers experimented with form, styles and instruments. This period saw the development of opera and instrumental music.

Classical Period


The music of the Classical period, which spans from 1750 to 1820, is characterized by simpler melodies and forms such as the sonatas. The piano was undoubtedly the primary instrument used by composers during the Classical period.

Romantic Period


Historiographers define the Romantic Music period to be between 1800 to 1900. It is characterized by using music to tell a story or express an idea and the use of various instruments, including wind instruments. Melodies are fuller and more dramatic.

20th Century


Music during the 20th century brought about many innovations on how music was performed and appreciated. Artists were more willing to experiment on new music forms and used technology to enhance their compositions.

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