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Ch 20: The Classical Period in Music

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Study Classical-era symphonies, operas and composers with this engaging series of music history lessons and quizzes. These convenient online study resources can help you prepare for upcoming exams, complete homework assignments or simply learn more about this period of music history.

The Classical Period in Music - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive music history chapter explores the music of the Classical period. These bite-sized lessons cover the characteristics of the period's symphonies and operas, as well as major works from Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. You'll also study the ways in which art and music were connected during the time period. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the history, parts and societal importance of the symphony
  • Recognize popular operas from the Classical era
  • Identify Mozart's operas, symphonies and piano concerti
  • Evaluate Haydn's symphonies and string quartet compositions
  • Understand how Beethoven's music shifted from the Classical period to the Romantic period
  • Evaluate the connection between art and music of the Classical era

To make sure you fully understand the material, we've included self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam. You can submit questions to our expert music instructors and study whenever it fits your schedule. Lesson transcripts are available to print, and you can use your interactive course Dashboard feature to quickly navigate to specific lesson topics.

6 Lessons in Chapter 20: The Classical Period in Music
Classical Music and Art: How Music Connected to Art in the Classical Period

1. Classical Music and Art: How Music Connected to Art in the Classical Period

Did you know that the word 'classical' in 'Classical music' is a reference to 'classical' Greek and Roman art? In this lesson, we'll talk about how the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome influenced both music and art during music's Classical Period.

The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

2. The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

During the Classical Period, the genre of symphony was considered the highest form of instrumental music. In this lesson, we'll look at how the symphony developed and the part it played in Classical-era culture.

Classical Era Opera: Mozart and Popular Operas

3. Classical Era Opera: Mozart and Popular Operas

Classical era opera offers a dramatic reflection of the society of its time. Read on to learn about opera seria and opera buffa, the two popular styles of Classical era opera.

Mozart: Operas, Symphonies & Piano Concerti

4. Mozart: Operas, Symphonies & Piano Concerti

Mozart was one of the top composers of music's Classical period. In this lesson, we'll look at three categories of his greatest works: the genres of opera, symphony, and piano concerto.

Haydn: Symphonies and Compositions for String Quartet

5. Haydn: Symphonies and Compositions for String Quartet

Franz Joseph Haydn was one of the preeminent composers of music's Classical period and also one of the best jokesters in the history of music. In this lesson, we'll focus on two music genres in which Haydn stood out: symphony and string quartet.

Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

6. Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

It's not every day that a musician comes along and changes the world's perception of music, but that's just what Ludwig van Beethoven did. In this lesson, we'll explore how his nine symphonies helped inspire the intense 19th-century musical style called Romanticism.

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