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Classical terms

In its broadest sense, the term "classical music" represents all the styles and movements of the Western classical tradition.

More narrowly, with an initial capital, it also refers to Classicism, a style of the short period, roughly 1770-1800, achieved in Vienna by just two composers - Haydn and Mozart. It can also denote orderliness, with Romantic as its antonym, irrespective of period.

(Source: The Penguin Companion to Classical Music by Paul Griffiths)

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