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Where to begin with Classical Music on the Web...!

There are many, many classical web sites on the Internet! But if you are just a newcomer to classical music, where do you begin? In this short space, we will try to get you started on your explorations into classical music. Most of these web sites are sponsored as a courtesy by record companies and are extremely helpful.

A good place to start is listening to your favorite classical radio station and writing down the names of the composers and music that you have enjoyed the most. Performance Today on National Public Radio is always a pleasure to listen to and much can be learned in their daily two-hour show if you can pick it up in your area if you live in the US. Pick a period or composer you especially like and learn more about them on the web and at your local library. Your listening experience will be more rewarding with your increased knowledge!

BMG Classics has a listing of top composers and musical terms. Explore some of your favorites, explain them to your friends and family and learn more in the process. Remember that you may not enjoy every composer or period but be open to music you may not be familar with.

A very in depth classical music introduction is included at the Naxos record label with links to their most popular CDs. For new CD releases, Sony Classical lists many of the pieces you may have heard about and are curious in learning more!

Classic CD magazine can be found at many book stores which includes a sampler CD every month with record reviews and articles in the magazine along with a description of each piece on the enclosed CD. Much can be learned in short period of time just listening and reading in this manner with a broad exposure to the new CDs being introduced.

Early Music is one period that is making a resurgence recently and a good briefing can be found at Medieval.Org. Early music consists of Chants but also Plainsong, Renaissance and Baroque music played on period instruments.

This is just a brief introduction to help you get started and there are many more web sites, magazines and other resources available. Enjoy!


Summary of Classical Music

Classical music in a Western context is generally a classification covering music composed and performed by professionally-trained artists with strong theoretical background behind them, and relatively rigidly programmed. In music history there is a slightly more specific meaning of the term classical music, meaning music from a period in musical history covering approximately Haydn to Beethoven -- roughly the second half of the 18th century. When used in this sense, the initial C of Classical music is sometimes capitalised to avoid confusion. An article about this era can be found at Classical Music Era. This article is about the more general usage.

Competent performances of a classical work tend to be similar since there is a strong emphasis in reflecting as much as possible the original idea of the composer, whereas popular music is far more improvisational. The terminology has since been extended to other cultures, so that one can also speak of, for example, classical Chinese music.

Some fans of classical music claim that the major difference between classical music and popular works is that between art and light entertainment. This is doubtful, since many "popular" works show a high level of artistry and musical innovation and many "classical" works are unashamedly crowd-pleasing. Classical music also has a far smaller audience than popular music. This can partly be attributed to many economic, cultural and educational factors extrinsic to the music, however the fact remains that classical music can tend to appeal to those with some musical education and background.

Classical music's canon contains works from hundreds of years of composition, and from this some of the most revolutionary, representative, and superior works of this extensive, well-preserved selection can be enjoyed today with confidence that they sound very similar to performances in the composer's time. Popular music, because of the lack (until relatively recently) of comparable institutional memory, does not have the same tradition of preserving intact its works and places a much greater emphasis on the contemporary. However, with at least 75 years of the existence of audio recordings of popular music's greatest performers, and extensive theoretical studies of popular music techniques and history having developed, such a distinction is becoming harder and harder to make. One may wonder whether this will eventually lead to older forms of popular music becoming regarded as part of the classical repetoire.

Classical and popular music are distinguished to some extent by their choice of instruments. The instruments used by classical music are mostly those found in an orchestra, together with a few other solo instruments (piano, organ, etc.). Instruments invented in the twentieth century or outside western musical traditions (for instance, bass guitar, synthesizer, and saxophone) are rarely used.

Classical music forms include the symphony, opera, concerto and chamber music.

The term "classical" in musical circles is used to distinguish the period between the Baroque and Romantic. In this sense classical music begins approximately with Haydn and Mozart and ends with Beethoven encompassing most of the late 18th century. It is distinguished by the use of dynamic contrasts to accent suspension and return to the tonic. Earlier composers did not have as many tools of dynamic contrast; later composers found more more varied uses for those tools.

Classical-period music is distinguishable from Baroque music by its plainness of style, without the heavy and complex Baroque figurations, and from Romantic music by its general emotional coolness and its regularity of form. Classical music was written specifically for the sake of music; there is no grand design or no emotion built into it. Forms pioneered in the classical period include the symphony, and the concerto saw considerable development.

Also in the classical period there were many operas and concertos composed by famous musicians such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn - who started writing and composing at age 8. Those three are the most favored composers of the classical period. All started very young and were only greatly appreciated long after their death. Except for the fact that their fathers also composed, they were not well known to everyone until their greatest works (which in two cases were completed just before their death).

Commonly denotes the "art," nonfolk musical traditions of Western Europe. Styles have developed by era which are characteristic of the time for instrument use, predominant musicality, etc.

Some Classical Music Categories:

Some musical terms that come from the study and history of Western Classical music include:

Some musical instruments that are popular in Western Classical music include:

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