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Classical Music
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The term "classical" is often used to describe music that is not rock, pop, jazz or another style. However, there is also a Classical era in music history that includes compositions written from about 1750 to 1825. Music from this period is orderly, balanced and clear. Its form is very important as is its harmony and tonality—that is, the musical key in which a piece was written.

Featured composers: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5
First Movement

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 8
Movement 2

Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 94, "Surprise"
Second Movement

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A
Turkish Rondo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, maman"

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