A Brief Overview of Classical Music and Its Many Variations
Classical music has literally stood the test of time for several reasons, its beauty, simplicity, complexity, and the breadth of its repertoire have inspired countless audiences for thousands of years. In fact, classical music is often referred to as a kind of art form since it was created specifically to be enjoyed by its audience rather than imposed upon them by some external, authority figure. And although many classical works have been written for various genres of music including pop, opera, jazz, rock, country, and many others, many classical pieces have remained popular throughout the years because their timeless quality inspires people of all walks of life.
The term classical can mean several different things, depending on who you ask, and what you’re referring to. For some people it means classical music just refers to the style and classical instruments that were used in the composition. However, others would insist that classical refers to a certain era of world history marked by grand scale achievements, great architecture, amazing works of art, and a long history of artistic brilliance that began with the advent of the Renaissance around the 1400’s. Regardless of what you call it, the popularity of classical music is undeniable, especially considering that it’s not only considered one of the most romantic genres ever created but it also contains some of the most beautiful melodies known to mankind.
As mentioned above, classical music and its myriad variations have inspired scores of composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arnold Schoenberg, Elton John, Peter Van Loan, and many more over the years. And while each of these composers’s works may differ slightly from each other, their creativity and spirit shines through in their compositions, and their influences have inspired countless others to create beautiful works of classical instrumentalism. Even today, there are a variety of different styles of western musical instruments that utilize parts of the same scales and intervals from classical music. Therefore, while it’s easy to find examples of classical music performed on the piano or in a band, there is a vast world of instrumental music that was inspired by the works of the same composers, as well as many of the masters themselves.