The word “classic” is often used about an artistic creation, which is so good that it will always be enjoyed by future generations. It is something that has become a model for future artists. The period of Ancient Greece and Rome is known as the Classical Period because, many centuries later, people looked back to those ancient civilizations and thought they were perfect.
In recent European history the 18th century was known as the Classical Period because musicians, artists, writers and philosophers were inspired by the art forms of the Classical Period of Ancient Greece and Rome. Something that is a “classic” is therefore something that will always be remembered as something great.
So “classical music” means music that will not be forgotten, but will be enjoyed by all future generations. The term “classical music” was created in the early 19th century when the music of the great composers Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven was praised by people as being “classical”.
Classical music is rooted in the European music tradition. A staff notation is used by composers to prescribe to the performer the pitches (e.g., melodies, basslines and/or chords), tempo, meter and rhythms for the music. This leaves little room for improvisation.
Classical music often uses highly sophisticated forms of instrumental music such as the concerto, symphony, sonata, and mixed vocal and instrumental styles such as opera.
Music composed after the 19th century may still be “classic” if it achieves a timeless popularity.
On this website I present my personal selection of the best classical music. I hope you like it.