What is Classical Music? - Definition, History & Composers


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Which Classical composer went deaf?

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1. Which Classical composer was regarded as the father of symphony?

2. Which Classical composer wrote his first composition at age 5?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Classical period of western music developed in the second half of the 18th Century, mainly in reaction to the earlier Baroque period of music. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics and history of classical music, including your knowledge of composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Identifying which composer went deaf
  • Recognizing who is regarded as the father of symphony
  • Identifying which composer wrote his first composition at age 5
  • Listing Classical period composers
  • Knowing which European city was famous for its classical composers

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Classical period of music
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history and composers of classical music
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on classical music and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the classical period in musical history, review the accompanying lesson entitled What is Classical Music? - Definition, History & Composers. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Classical music characteristics
  • Origin and evolution of music from the Classical period
  • Classical period composers