By Anthony Tommasini. Naturally, I urge those exploring classical music to find out whatever they can. A symphony orchestra program — or an opera, or a piano recital — is not an exam. Ah, that inevitable question. But in a broader sense the term classical music has been adopted as a way to describe the continuing heritage of music mostly written to be performed in concert halls and opera houses by orchestras, singers, choruses, chamber ensembles and solo instrumentalists. Another characteristic is that composers in this tradition have been drawn to larger, structured forms. Still, the term is far from ideal, but no one has come up with a good alternative — yet. Still, classical music is a performing art best experienced live. That said, one of the best trends in classical music over the last 25 years has been the growth of programs presented in very intimate spaces, like the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. This endeavor could make what should be a bracing exploration feel like an academic assignment.
What exactly is classical music, and what differentiates it from other musical genres?
A bit of agonizing later, here are our selections. Enjoy the listening, and please leave your picks in the comments. This is one of the most perfect compositions I know. There are no superfluous notes. Every phrase has been crafted with the precision of a master jeweler.
Do you want to find out more about Mozart, try out some Tchaikovsky or sample of Stravinsky? Here's our classical music guide to the pieces we think are the perfect place to start. Classical music is a very broad term that includes almost everything written over the past 1, years… so where to start? Well here are some of our favourite pieces that, we think, provide the perfect introduction to the wonderful, rich, varied world of classical music.
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