Classical Music

Image result for classical musicWhat Is Classical Music?

Classical music is often characterised by a grand orchestral sound. There are many different classical music composers who come from a number of European countries as well as other continents. The societal focus of these works is on the art, life and religion of the Western world.

The etymology of classical music means that it has two meanings. The first is a broad one that classifies this as any form of music that spans from the medieval era to modern times. The more specific classification of classical music is from the years 1750 to 1820. This is the era of the great composers of history.

Classical music is known for the complexity of its compositions. It is highly instrumental in comparison with other musical styles that focus more on vocalisation. This is not to say that vocals do not pay a part in classical music. In fact one of its subsets, opera is well known for the highly intricate layering of vocals in its works.

Classical music continues to inspire art to this day. Interestingly there is even a sub genre of heavy metal known as symphonic metal. This sub genre combines these seemingly mismatched styles into something wonderful.

Classical music has also inspired film scores. Many of the soundtrack composers to the most popular films in the world owe a debt to the pioneers of classical music. Hans Zimmer in particular stands out as a film composer who uses orchestral elements in a way that is very reminiscent of the older musicians of centuries past.

Greatest Classical Music Composers

  • Richard Wagner

This German composer created grand operas such as his epic Ring Cycle.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

One of the most influential song writers of history.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Often considered by historians to be the greatest composer of all time.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

His Baroque period music is widely lauded.