Classical music

The Classical period of Western academic music is usually accepted to range from around 1750 to the late 1810's. It followed from the Baroque period and was in turn succeeded by the Romantic era. Music became generally lighter in terms of textural density, emphasizing elegance in place of the Baroque's serious and dramatic delivery. This resulted in a clearer tonal structure emerging from compositions. Though the style became arguably less passionate, the use of contrast became more pronounced than before. Instrumental music gained importance, and the orchestra grew in size and consolidated, approximating its modern form. The harpsichord was eventually replaced by the pianoforte, and many solo and chamber genres emerged, of which the sonata developed the most. In general terms, the Classical period can be defined as the time when most of the modern musical concepts consolidated. The best known composers from this period are Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert; other notable names include Muzio Clementi, Antonio Salieri, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Christoph Willibald Gluck. Beethoven, and sometimes Schubert, have been traditionally regarded as transitional figures between the Classical and Romantic periods. The term 'classical music' is often used colloquially to define all Western academic music.
2 Viola Sonatas, Op.3 (BI 324, 325) Alessandro Rolla Sonata Viola
Fantasie for String Quartet, Op.40 Andreas Romberg Quartet String Quartet
Sonatina for Guitar and Piano, Op. 68 Anton Diabelli Sonatina Solo Instrument and Piano
Wind Quintet, Op.88 No.2 Anton Reicha Quintet Wind Ensemble
Wind Quintet, Op.88 No.3 Anton Reicha Quintet Wind Ensemble
Wind Quintet, Op.91 No.3 Anton Reicha Quintet Wind Ensemble
Wind Quintet, Op.91 No.6 Anton Reicha Quintet Wind Ensemble
Concerto in B, Op.10, No.5, 1, 4 Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Chamber group
Concerto in E flat major Op.30; G minor Op.12 Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Orchestra
Piano sonata no. 5 in C major, TorG 27 Baldassare Galuppi Sonata Piano
Viola da Gamba Sonata in G major, WK 155 Carl Friedrich Abel Sonata Viola da gamba
12 Variations on 'Follies of Spain', H. 263 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Theme and Variations Harpsichord
Fantasia in F sharp minor, H. 300 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Fantasy Harpsichord
Flute Concerto in G, H. 445 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Flute Sonata in A minor, H. 562 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonata Flute
Flute Sonata in B flat major, H. 552 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Flute Sonata in C major, H. 515 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonata Flute
Keyboard Sonata in B minor, H. 245 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonata Harpsichord
Prelude and 6 Organ Sonatas, Wq. 265 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonata Organ
Sacred Odes and Lieder I, H. 686 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Popular composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ·  Franz Joseph Haydn  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Antonio Vivaldi  ·  Various  ·  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Muzio Clementi  ·  Luigi Boccherini  ·  Mauro Giuliani  ·  Fernando Sor  ·  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ·  Carl Friedrich Abel  ·  Anton Diabelli  ·  Alessandro Rolla  ·  Ferdinando Carulli  ·  Domenico Cimarosa  ·  Christoph Willibald Gluck  ·  Giuseppe Maria Cambini  ·  Baldassare Galuppi  ·  Franz Anton Hoffmeister  ·  Anton Reicha  ·  William Boyce  ·  Michael Haydn  ·  Giulio Regondi  ·  Michael Henkel  ·  Franz Danzi  ·  Manoel Dias de Oliveira  ·  Claude-Bénigne Balbastre  ·  François Adrien Boieldieu  ·  Johann Philipp Kirnberger  ·  Emerico Lobo de Mesquita  ·  Maria Theresia von Paradis  ·  Charles Wesley  ·  Louis-Emmanuel Jadin  ·  Karl Stamitz  ·  Ludwig Spohr  ·  Richard Tauber  ·  Francesco Gasparini  ·  Johann Gottlob Werner  ·  Hyacinthe Jadin  ·  Gaspare Spontini  ·  Johann Melchior Dreyer  ·  Michael Samuel David Gattermann  ·  José Lidon  ·  Andreas Romberg  ·  Christian Michael Wolff  ·  José Pacheco
Instruments Bassoon  ·  Cello  ·  Chamber group  ·  Choir  ·  Choir and Instrument  ·  Choir and Orchestra  ·  Clarinet  ·  Flute  ·  Guitar  ·  Harpsichord  ·  Horn  ·  N/A  ·  Open Instrumentation  ·  Orchestra  ·  Organ  ·  Piano  ·  Piano 4 hands  ·  Piano and orchestra  ·  Solo Instrument and Piano  ·  Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra  ·  String Orchestra  ·  String Quartet  ·  String Trio  ·  Trumpet  ·  Viola  ·  Viola da gamba  ·  Violin  ·  Voice(s) and Orchestra  ·  Voice(s) and Piano  ·  Wind Ensemble
Forms Aria / Arietta  ·  Books  ·  Cantata  ·  Chaconne  ·  Chorale  ·  Chorale Prelude  ·  Compilation  ·  Concerto  ·  Dance  ·  Duet  ·  Etude  ·  Fantasy  ·  Funeral Music  ·  March  ·  Minuet  ·  Motet  ·  Nocturne  ·  Octet  ·  Opera / Operetta  ·  Oratorio  ·  Overture  ·  Partita  ·  Piano piece  ·  Piece  ·  Prelude  ·  Quartet  ·  Quintet  ·  Rondo  ·  Sacred Mass  ·  Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation  ·  Sextet  ·  Sonata  ·  Sonatina  ·  Song  ·  Song Cycle  ·  Suite  ·  Symphony  ·  Theme and Variations  ·  Trio  ·  Waltz