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The term "classical" is often used to describe music that is not rock, pop, jazz or another style. However, there is also a Classical era in music history that includes compositions written from about 1750 to 1825. Music from this period is orderly, balanced and clear. Its form is very important as is its harmony and tonality—that is, the musical key in which a piece was written.

Featured Classical composers include:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 8
Movement 2


Composed in 1812
Performed by Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Bela Drahos, conductor

Shows by Beethoven include:
About Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven the Pianist
Beethoven's Symphonies
Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects
Roll Over Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5
First Movement


Composed in 1807
Performed by Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Béla Drahos, conductor

Shows by Beethoven include:
About Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven the Pianist
Beethoven's Symphonies
Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects
Roll Over Beethoven

Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 94, "Surprise"
Second Movement


Composed in 1791
Performed by Camerata Cassovia
Johannes Wildner, conductor

Shows by Haydn include:
Firsts
About Franz Joseph Haydn
Father of the Symphony
The Farewell Symphony
Minuets
Patriotic Songs By Classical Composers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A
Turkish Rondo


Composed in 1783

Jeno Jando, piano

Shows by Mozart include:
The Starling Chamber Orchestra
The Magic Flute
About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's Operas
Janissary Music
What's a Rondo?
Child Prodigy Composers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, maman"


Composed in 1781

Francesco Nicolosi, piano

Shows by Mozart include:
The Starling Chamber Orchestra
The Magic Flute
About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's Operas
Janissary Music
What's a Rondo?
Child Prodigy Composers

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