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About Classical Music
What is classical music? What genre is classical music?
Classical music is largely considered to be serious or formal music that follows long-established musical principles. This is in direct contrast to the musical stylings of jazz or folk. Music written in the European style between the years 1750 and 1830 constitutes the original classical music tradition. Prominent composers such as Beethoven and Mozart created classical music during this time. The now well-known classical music experience of going to the symphony comes from those formative years. Classical music grew out of the Baroque music period, which lasted from about 1600 to 1750. To understand the difference between Baroque and Classical music, consider the music of Baroque composer J.S. Bach. His work emphasized textural complexity and polyphonic writing. The music of a classical composer such as Mozart, however, aimed to create a clear melodic line and accompaniment. As for genre, classical music is in fact its own genre. Some of the subgenres that fall under the classical heading were originally created in the Baroque period (i.e. the concerto, opera, and sonata). The symphony and string quartet genres were created during the Classical period. Other subgenres of classical music include chamber music and serenade.
What does classical music sound like?
Classical music is often recognized for its beautiful melodies and homophonic accompaniments in which all instruments play one line of the melody at the same time. This makes classical music easier to hum along to than baroque music. Classical composers like Haydn and Mozart built their orchestras upon the foundations of the Baroque period, which preceded the Classical period, but these classical composers made their orchestras larger than those of the past. The orchestra was generally made up of strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (wooden flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet), brass (trumpet, horns), keys (piano), and percussion (kettledrums, triangle, bass drum). As compared with music from the Baroque period, classical music is less complex and features a clearer texture. The resulting sound has more of a light elegance to it than Baroque music’s heavy grandeur. Within the Classical period, music began to feature a greater variety of rhythms and dynamics. Changing the mood and varying the volume from one musical section to the next were common.
What is classical music used for?
Classical music can bolster the production value of a variety of media projects, from a sweeping orchestral clip for your podcast logo to a welcoming suite for your website landing page, and everything in between. When asking yourself if classical music may be right for your project, consider the following: Various studies have shown that listening to classical music has physiological benefits. It can decrease levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone of the body, as well as lower blood pressure, and increase dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter. Some studies have also found that classical music boosts memory. There is actually a phenomenon called the “Mozart Effect,” due to a study in which a Professor Dr. Gordon Shaw saw an increase in the IQs of his college students after they listened to Mozart. With all of this in mind, you can add classical music to your own projects. Have a film scene in which your protagonist is lounging in a living room with a glass of wine in her hand? Consider adding classical music to deepen the audience’s sense of relaxation. A YouTube video with educational content could use classical music to keep viewers engaged and alert. If you have a thoughtful, dramatic film trailer and want a timeless, compelling song that will carry viewers through the length of the trailer, classical music may be the perfect fit.
Is classical music copyrighted? Is classical music royalty free?
Copyright law applies to classical music. According to these laws, music enters the public domain when the original creator’s rights expire. The general rule is that the copyright lasts the length of the creator’s life plus an additional seventy years. While it is true that classical music was originally created between 1600 and 1750, such works do not automatically enter the public domain because the recordings of those classical pieces were likely created much more recently.

The classical music industry would not exist if classical music was simply free and available in the public domain. Not all classical music is royalty-free. Royalty-free classical music is available within royalty-free music libraries such as PremiumBeat. Our classical collection is home to a number of well-known favorites, as well as elegant originals exclusively available on our site. To hear what we have to offer, head to our search engine to browse classical music by subgenre such as Medieval, or by instruments such as Cello or Brass. When you find a classical track you would like to use in your project, add it to your cart and go to checkout to select the license that meets your needs. After paying a one-time fee for your license, you can download your classical track and use it in perpetuity, meaning forever.
Is classical music still popular today?
Yes, classical music is still popular today. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that some of your favorite popular songs were directly inspired by classical music: Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” samples Monti’s “Czardas,” Maroon 5’s “Memories” draws from Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and Bright Eyes’s “Road to Joy” uses the melody to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” to name just a few. Classical music has been used in feature films for years. From the celebration of Mozart’s music in the 1984 film Amadeus to the crucial, climactic role of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7” in the award-winning The King’s Speech, classical music is an excellent way to add intensity and drama to a film scene. Sweeping orchestral numbers can be used in film trailers to instantly pull the audience into the action. Television commercials that want to convey the sophistication and grace of a product can use classical music to wordlessly establish that sense for viewers.

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