The Classical Era in music (1750-1820) is characterized by a reaction against the complex and ornate music from the Baroque Era and a turn towards music that was lighter, simpler, more concise, elegant and very structured. Enlightenment thought inspired the idea that music should encourage rational, logical and reasonable thinking rather than over-zealously heighten emotions.
In this sequence of pages about the Classical Era you will learn about:
- Enlightenment thought, revolutions, and the role of music
- French salons, their impact on Enlightenment ideas and their use of music
- Classical forms, especially sonata form
- Classical performance practices
- Innovations to the flute during the Classical Era
- Classical composers
Use the links at the top and bottom of the pages to navigate through information about the Classical Era.