classical

Has the building got columns in front of it? Check. Has the music got lots of strings and horns? Check. Chances are both are classical — representative of a past culture.

Often classical describes anything from ancient Greek or Roman culture, because, boy, those guys were good. Be careful when using classical and classic; they're not exactly the same. While something classical is usually a classic, it doesn't necessarily work the other way around. A classic is something exceptional that we tend to judge in a different time frame. A classic rock album? Definitely not made by the ancient Greeks or Romans. So far as we know.

Primary Meanings of classical

1.
adj
of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture
2.
adj
of recognized authority or excellence
3.
n
traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
Full Definitions of classical
1

adj of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture

Synonyms:
classic
Graeco-Roman, Greco-Roman, Hellenic, classic
of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures
neoclassic, neoclassical
characteristic of a revival of an earlier classical style
Antonyms:
nonclassical
not classical
modern
characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture
pop, popular
(of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
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adj of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures

classical mythology”
classical
Synonyms:
Graeco-Roman, Greco-Roman, Hellenic, classic
classic
of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture

adj of or relating to the study of the literary works of ancient Greece and Rome

“a classical scholar”

adj (language) having the form used by ancient standard authors

classical Greek”
Synonyms:
received, standard
conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers
2

adj of recognized authority or excellence

classical methods of navigation”
Synonyms:
authoritative, classic, definitive
standard
established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence
3

n traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste

Synonyms:
classical music, serious music
Examples:
Messiah
an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
Types:
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chamber music
serious music performed by a small group of musicians
opera
a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
cantata, oratorio
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
bouffe, comic opera, opera bouffe, opera comique
opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken
grand opera
opera in which all the text is sung
musical drama
opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are equally important; the music is appropriate to the action
concerto grosso
a baroque composition for orchestra and a group of solo instruments
piano sonata
a sonata for piano
sonatina
a short and simple sonata
symphonic music, symphony
a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
Type of:
genre, music genre, musical genre, musical style
an expressive style of music

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