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THE CLASSICAL PERIOD

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THE CLASSICAL PERIOD

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  1. THE CLASSICAL PERIOD 1750-1820

  2. Period of rationalization/Age of reason • French Revolution: rise of lower and middle classes, decline of nobility. • Napoleonic wars. • American revolution. • American declaration of independence. • Invention of cotton, gin, and steamboat A. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

  3. Contrast of mood • Flexibility of rhythm • Use of homophonic texture • Use of tuneful and easiest to remember melodies • Balanced and symmetrical • Use of crescendo and decrescendo B. THE CLASSICAL STYLE

  4. Opera Seria – “serious opera” • Opera Buffa – “comic opera” VOCAL FORMS-OPERA

  5. Sonata- composed mostly for the piano, or another instrument accompanied by the piano • Symphony- composed for the orchestra • Concerto- composed for a solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra INSTRUMENTAL FORMS

  6. 4. Chamber Music- written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber • String Quartet • Piano Trio INSTRUMENTAL FORMS