Characteristics of Classical Music
By Bryan Ong and John Torento
Classical music received intense variety and sharp contrasting of mood in the way music was composed. Unlike in the late baroque style where music mainly expressed a single solid emotion, classical compositions had fluctuating moods. From a jubilant and joyful tune, the music might shift into a dark and intense meaningful harmony, or vice versa all within one movement, or even one theme. Music virtuoso during these times, such as Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Mozart were skillful enough to express unity and logic to a wide range of emotions. In basic form, classical music is usually homophobic meaning that its texture consisted of mainly one melody. However, the flexibility of themes now was much more inconsistent. Much like its emotions, the homophobic melody may transition into a highly complex polyphonic (multi-melodic) texture across various instruments. And in terms of melodies, classical tunes were the most meaningful and easiest to remember, may they be complex and sophisticated or feathered and airy or light. This is because of the balance and symmetry that are usually consisted of two phrases of the same length, which may have similar sounds, but different conclusive melodies.