CLASSICAL MUSIC

Word Origin & History

classical music
1836, defined originally against romantic music; later contrasted to jazz (in this sense more often with ref. to the orchestras than to the music itself). Later in contrast to popular music generally.
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classical music definition


A loose expression for European and American music of the more serious kind, as opposed to popular or folk music.

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