What is classical music? Everybody has heard it. From commercials to movies. The movie Space Odyssey 2001 featured Richard Strauss' Also spoke Zarathusta, 10 featured the music from Maurice Ravel's Bolero. I have not seen any other movies Bolero was on of the 1st classical music pieces that I have heard. Everybody has heard Beethoven's 5th and 9th symphonies. Beethoven also wrote 7 other numbered symphonies plus the victory symphony(opus 91) and an uncompleted 10th symphonies. I like his 7th and 8th symphonies. I also like Schubert's 5th and 9th symphonies. Schubert was only 31 when he died. Think of all the potential that was lost! Mozart, Mendelssohn, Pergliossi, Scriabin, Bizet and Weber al died young. Sibelius who lived to be 92 wrote very little after he was 60. I love his 3rd symphony.
Classical music can be enjoyable but can be confusing to many people and sometimes considered upper crust or for the more affluent-it is not! Many of the traditional Christmas Carols can be considered classical music. No Christmas would be complete with out Handle's Messiah or Tchiakovsky's Nut Cracker. Hark the Harold was written by Mendelssohn, O Holy Night was written by Adolph Adam who also wrote the Ballet Giselle and numerous operas. Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture is often played around 4th of July.
Classical music can in include music from as long ago as the Renaissance period (late 1300's to early 1600's) to the present time. Most of what we know as Classical music dates from the 1700' to the early 20th century. The baroque period which included both Bach and Handle was from around 1600 until 1750. The Classical period was from 1710-1820. It was called that because there was at the time an interest in classical (ancient Greek and Roman art, architecture and literature etc. The Romantic period was when most of the composers that we are familiar with lived. That lasted from about 1780-1900. There are a lot of modern composers also.
Classical music can include songs as well as symphonies, concertos, sonatas string quartets, quintets and sextets etc. plus ballet and opera.
Classical music can be for a big orchestra, choir or 2 or 3 instruments, solo singer or instrument. There is also a lot of country crossover.
some classical has made the pop charts , there was a disco version of Beethoven's 5th in Saturday Night Fever. Rossini's William Tell Overture has been heard on the Lone Ranger. Zarathustra by Richard Strauss was on the charts.
there are many composers. There are about 30 or some basics. The 3 B's Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. Plus Mozart, Tchaikovsky , Chopin, Schubert, Schuman, Haydn, Verdi, Vivaldi, Wagner, Rossini, Donizetti, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Grieg, Richard Strauss, Johan Strauss Jr. Johan Strauss Sr., Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff. Shostakovich, Puccini, Dvorak, Elgar, Bizet, Boccherini, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel. Plus many more lesser known ones that are important and deserve to be heard. Richard Strauss is not related to Johan Strauss. However both Richard Strauss' and Wolfgang Mozart's fathers were important composers in their own right. Many of them I want to discuss.
The music heard at weddings is also classical. "Hear Comes The Bride" is from Wagner's Lohengrin., The Recessional afterwards is from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream. At most Graduations you will hear Elgar's Pomp and Circumstances March No1 (Opus#39). The Funeral derge is from Chopan's Piano Sonata (Opus #35)
My name is John. My main music interest is Classical. I also like Big Band Jazz,50's 60's and 70's. I will be discussing Classical Music. Including but not limited to reviews, biographies, commentary and other aspects concerned with Classical Music. I live in St. Louis and some of my posts may have to do with the St. Louis scene. I'm not a musicologist or a musician-just a classical music fan. I don't have all the answers-just some. and some commentary and insight on classical music.