Classical

It is something of a mystery how the term ‘Classical’ has come to embrace almost all of the immense body of music composed in the West since the Renaissance. In fact, the Classical period is generally considered to cover the years 1730-1820 and though it boasts some heavy hitters—Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, to name but three—other periods have their stars too. Immediately before the Classical era (and overlapping, as all such categories must) was the Baroque period where Bach, Handel and Vivaldi shined so brightly they illuminate our lives still, while the Romantics included amongst t...

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