1) A period of music
ranging from the middle
1700s to the early 1800s. Famous classical
composers include Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn.
2) A bastardization of all "traditional" types of music
(orchestral, choral, etc.). Derived from the classical
period. Other periods
include prehistoric, medieval, renaissance, baroque, romantic, 20th century, and 21st
3) The true pinnacle of music
in which true musicianship, expressiveness, technique, and skill are essential elements in its performance. To truly listen to classical music
one must be able to listen to it on entirely
different levels of thinking.
The only classical music that most people have listened
to is the ambient, therapeutically-designed background music at Barnes & Noble.