General background of Classical Music

By Bryan Ong and John Torento

      The classical style in musical history, comes as a transition of the baroque style of music. The baroque style in music was a very flamboyant, grandeurs, ornamented period in time, where musicians and high classed people tried to glorify themselves above others. Near the mid-18th century, composers and musicians focused on creating music with simplicity and clarity. This is nearly the exact opposite of the Baroque style of music. Overlapping musical textures and majestic sounds were discarded in favor of simple and light melodies. Also, during this time, contrasting moods and themes of music was a common type of composition. The term “classical” is one with several meanings. It brings into mind ancient Greek or Roman ideas, or anything that describes a remarkable achievement that has an everlasting appeal on the people (like a classical act, or an ‘all time classic’). But in terms of music, most people take the classical style as whatever is not rock, jazz, folk, country, disco, reggae, or popular music. The term classical itself is borrowed from art history by music historians. In the classical, or neoclassical style (meaning new classical), paintings, sculptures, and architecture of mid 1800s century were influenced by ancient Greek and roman ideas. This balance between neoclassical art and classical music is important on the stress of clarity in structure. These ideas all help to the eventual development of fully-developed classical music.