Classical terms

4th March 2005 at 00:00
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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