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classical music

Definitions of classical music
  1. noun
    traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
    synonyms: classical, serious music
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    examples:
    Messiah
    an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
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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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