classical music

clas·si·cal mu·sic
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klas-i-kuh l myoo-zik]
    • /ˈklæs ɪ kəl ˈmyu zɪk/
    • /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl ˈmjuːzɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klas-i-kuh l myoo-zik]
    • /ˈklæs ɪ kəl ˈmyu zɪk/

Definitions of classical music words

  • noun classical music a style of music composed, esp at Vienna, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This period is marked by the establishment, esp by Haydn and Mozart, of sonata form 3
  • noun classical music any style of music based on long-established principles of composition and polyphony and marked by stability of form, intellectualism, and restraint 3
  • noun classical music musical style: formal 1
  • noun classical music musical genre of Mozart's era 1
  • noun classical music (music) Music of the classical period; the music of Mozart, Haydn, etc; the musical period before the romantic. 0
  • noun classical music (music) The more serious forms of music, taught through formal education and performed according to strict rules, as opposed to folk music or popular music. 0

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classical music popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for classical music

noun classical music

  • classic — A classic example of a thing or situation has all the features which you expect such a thing or situation to have.
  • chamber music — Chamber music is classical music written for a small number of instruments.
  • art music — music written by a composer rather than passed on by oral tradition

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