"Classical music" is a broad term used to describe a wide range of Western art music that has its roots in the European tradition dating from the 9th century to the 21st century. It encompasses a variety of styles and forms, including orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo music, and it is typically composed by trained musicians who have studied the traditional techniques and forms of the genre.

Classical music is known for its complex harmonies, counterpoint, and formal structures. It is typically written for specific instruments or groups of instruments, such as the orchestra, string quartet, or piano. Classical music is also characterized by its use of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre, and it often follows a specific musical form, such as the sonata or symphony.

Classical music is typically divided into several periods, including the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Each period has its own unique characteristics and is defined by the musical styles and forms that were popular at the time.

Composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin are considered some of the most important and influential composers in the classical tradition. Classical music is still widely performed and recorded today and continues to be a significant part of the world's cultural heritage.

Free Classical music

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an ingratiating horn melody opens the hunting season
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Intense and troubling, the strings pull from the bass, creating a full and heavy sound. Meandering between staccato pulses and arduous pulls of the bow, the music is in a dramatic minor key with major chords interspersed throughout. Pauses of silence leave the piece unsettled and without resolve.
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This music tells of a flying dragon, sometimes gentle, sometimes dangerous.
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Solo trumpet version of the 1862 military ceremonial piece.<BR>
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A slow, dark, elegiac fugue for string quartet. The fugue subject (theme) is taken from the first few notes of the famous Dies Irae ("the Day of Wrath") plainchant.
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Uneven foreboding short cue, winds play opposite strings.
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An interesting section of Danse Macabre from around measure 145. There is a particularly nice viola trill with ornament.
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Starts with cellos, adds horn, clarinet, English horn, contra-tuba - to a final sustained chord. Slow. Thin yet satisfying.
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A grooving sting featuring percussion and low staccato strings.<BR>
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This is one of my favorite sections of "Danse Macabre"... lovely xylophone part.