a) Of or relating to European music during the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries.
b) Of or relating to music in the educated European tradition, such as symphony and opera, as opposed to popular or folk music.
Lily wrote:In German there is a distinction between "E" (for earnest) or serious, and "U" (for Unterhaltung) or entertainment music.
Lily wrote:But there are crossovers that are just as serious and artistically valuable than the "classical" classical music.
I think "classical" categories also exist for non-western music genres such as indian, chinese, or japanese music. But I might be wrong.
kernos wrote:I put Mussorgsky amongst The Early "Russian Composers", those whose music reflected Russian culture and history. The Five allowed Les Six to flourish.
Personally, I have trouble with such music much beyond Prokofiev, with some glaring exceptions.
taranwanderer wrote:Indeed, the cut off point does seem to be around Prokofiev. Why do you think this is?
....discordance and syncopation...
taranwanderer wrote:...was this a misguided venture that since has completely alienated the audience for serious music.
Jingle wrote:By the way, since I'm a ballet enthusiast (thanks to my daughter's passion) I tend to put Tchaikovsky with the classical, rather than romantics where he belongs time-wise. Again, I think it's about the harmony and rhythm, rather than specific dates.
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