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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. 

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