Reference Entry


Edited by Joyce Bourne

in The Oxford Dictionary of Music

Sixth edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199578108
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744518

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Term that, applied to music, has vague rather than specific meaning: music comp. roughly between 1750 and 1830 (i.e. post‐Baroque and pre‐Romantic), which covers the development of the classical sym. and conc.; music of an orderly nature, with qualities of clarity and balance, and emphasising formal beauty rather than emotional expression (which is not to say that emotion is lacking); music generally regarded as having permanent rather than ephemeral value; ‘classical music’ is used as a generic term meaning the opposite of light or popular music....

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Subjects: Music

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