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THE CLASSICAL PERIOD. 1750-1820. Period of rationalization/Age of reason French Revolution: rise of lower and middle classes, decline of nobility. Napoleonic wars. American revolution. American declaration of independence. Invention of cotton, gin, and steamboat. A. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND.

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a historical background

Period of rationalization/Age of reason

  • French Revolution: rise of lower and middle classes, decline of nobility.
  • Napoleonic wars.
  • American revolution.
  • American declaration of independence.
  • Invention of cotton, gin, and steamboat
A. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
b the classical style

Contrast of mood

  • Flexibility of rhythm
  • Use of homophonic texture
  • Use of tuneful and easiest to remember melodies
  • Balanced and symmetrical
  • Use of crescendo and decrescendo
B. THE CLASSICAL STYLE
instrumental forms

Sonata- composed mostly for the piano, or another instrument accompanied by the piano

  • Symphony- composed for the orchestra
  • Concerto- composed for a solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra
INSTRUMENTAL FORMS
instrumental forms1

4. Chamber Music- written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber

  • String Quartet
  • Piano Trio
INSTRUMENTAL FORMS