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“The most important period of Classical music was the Classical era, which is where classical music gets its name from.”
“My music is music about music.”
“I broke a G-string while I was fingering A-flat minor.”
Classical music is music that conforms to the classical unities of action, place, and time. What is classical? It is a stereotypically instrumental composition that most commonly only old people, villains in action movies, your grandparents, the living dead, and smart people listen to.
The beginnings of classical music were called the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. Most of the music back then was performed for small audiences, such as a party of God, Jesus, and a couple of pasty guys in white wigs. This type of music that has survived is now usually loved by progressive rockers and Gothic pseudo-intellectuals.
The Classical era lasted from 1400 to 1898, during which time all European music imitated classical Greek culture, in mathematically rich pure poor sounds. Then came the Romantic era, from 1898. Composers from this era produced music for candlelit dinners for two, suitable for expressing your innermost soul and whether your partner wants to do it with you or not. Although it began to peter out in about 1910, some composers still drool out the occasional Romantic-inspired 'baby-making' tune.
edit Some notable Classical Music tunes in rhythm
The development of all classical music has been evolutionary, constantly building on the technical triumphs of the past. It has improved consistently through the work of such major figures as…
- Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven (da-da-da dum), each work being an improvement over previous compositions, until the final apotheosis demonstrated by film music such as that written for Star Wars (daaaaa da, da-da-da-daaaaa da, da-da-da-daaaaaa da, da-da-da-dum) (which is a rip-off of Anton Brucker's Fourth Symphony).
During the 20th century classical music saw many new innovations. Atonal music was invented, which is usually some popular classical piece played slowly, upside-down, and in roughly reverse-alphabetical order like this…
- (wnp ɐp-ɐp-ɐp), and then they invented aleatory random classical music (mum-ad ad-mu madum add-u).
- (d-d-d-d-d-d, d-d-d-d-d-d, dedede, dedede, dedede,).
The most famous piece of music to be presented in installments was Richard Wagner's unicycle The Ring of the Nibelung, and this is now considered to be the greatest composition incorporating Leitmotivs (a Leitmotiv is a piece of music primarily intended to be a cell phone ring-tone).
There are a few pieces of modern music that break this unity (for example Stockhausen's helicopter quartet), but the only legitimate reason for placing an orchestra on a train has been to demonstrate the Doppler effect, or to locate them in the conductor's natural environment.
edit How do I argue with Classical music fans if I'm faking my love of classical music?
When they say they love Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and film scores, they don't really like classical music, they just enjoy the dark images associated with esoteric underground films. Tell them you are into Scriabin, Messiaen, and Shostakovitch, and ask them why they switched from industrial music to classical.
edit Did you know that?
- Folk is the technical term for really modern classical music?
- Classic Country is usually loved by stoners and loners?
- Classic Rock act Van Halen doubles as a religion?
- Modern classical musicians are subject to random urine tests, to ensure that they are not using banned performance-enhancing drugs?