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As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually.
Julie Andrews

Meaning of "classical music" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

classical music  [ˈklæsɪk əl ˈmjuːzɪk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

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pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Classical music is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CLASSICAL MUSIC MEAN IN ENGLISH?

classical music

Classical music

Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music. It encompasses a broad period from roughly the 11th century to the present day. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice period. European music is largely distinguished from many other non-European and popular musical forms by its system of staff notation, in use since about the 16th century. Western staff notation is used by composers to prescribe to the performer the pitch, speed, meter, individual rhythms and exact execution of a piece of music. This leaves less room for practices such as improvisation and ad libitum ornamentation, which are frequently heard in non-European art music and in popular music. The term "classical music" did not appear until the early 19th century, in an attempt to distinctly "canonize" the period from Johann Sebastian Bach to Beethoven as a golden age. The earliest reference to "classical music" recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary is from about 1836.

Definition of classical music in the English dictionary

The definition of classical music in the dictionary is 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. Other definition of classical music is any style of music based on long-established principles of composition and polyphony and marked by stability of form, intellectualism, and restraint.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC


algesic
ælˈdʒiːzɪk
analgesic
ˌænəlˈdʒiːzɪk
antimusic
ˈæntɪˌmjuːzɪk
Ashkenazic
ˌæʃkəˈnɑːzɪk
boeremusiek
ˈbʊərəˌmjuːzɪk
cryptomnesic
ˌkrɪptəmˈniːzɪk
early-music
ˈɜːlɪ ˈmjuːzɪk
hyperalgesic
ˌhaɪpərælˈdʒiːzɪk
mesic
ˈmiːzɪk
music
ˈmjuːzɪk
nonmusic
ˌnɒnˈmjuːzɪk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CLASSICAL MUSIC

classic
classic blues
classic car
classical
classical college
classical conditioning
classical probability
Classical school
classicalism
classicalist
classicality
classically
classicalness
classicise
classicism
classicist
classicistic
classicize
classico
classics

WORDS THAT END LIKE CLASSICAL MUSIC

absolute music
art music
background music
chamber music
country music
dance music
electronic music
folk music
gospel music
House music
incidental music
piano music
pop music
popular music
rap music
rock music
sheet music
soul music
swing music
theme music
world music

Synonyms and antonyms of classical music in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «classical music» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Find out the translation of classical music to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of classical music from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «classical music» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

古典音乐
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

la música clásica
570 millions of speakers

English

classical music
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

शास्त्रीय संगीत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الموسيقى الكلاسيكية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

классическая музыка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

música clássica
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শাস্ত্রীয় সঙ্গীত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

musique classique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

muzik klasik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

klassische Musik
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

クラシック音楽
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

클래식 음악
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Musik klasik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhạc cổ điển
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பாரம்பரிய இசை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

शास्त्रीय संगीत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

klasik müzik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

musica classica
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

muzyka klasyczna
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

класична музика
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

muzică clasică
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κλασική μουσική
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

klassieke musiek
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

klassisk musik
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

klassisk musikk
5 millions of speakers

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The term «classical music» is very widely used and occupies the 21.016 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CLASSICAL MUSIC» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about classical music

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10 QUOTES WITH «CLASSICAL MUSIC»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word classical music.
1
Julie Andrews
As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually.
2
Malcolm Arnold
Although I enjoyed writing Film Music it was always a means to an end, in that it enabled me to keep a wife and family and write my classical music, which has always been my passion.
3
Michael Caine
Growing up, there was only classical music on BBC Radio. We had to listen to the American Forces Network in Germany, which played pop songs, or the pirate radio boats off the coast.
4
Josephine de La Baume
I grew up with classical music blasting in my parents' living room and my older brother's practicing saxophone in his room listening to jazz... a beautiful chaos.
5
Kristin Davis
We were very rich culturally. One Sunday each month, we would do this thing called Chamber Pots at somebody's house. A classical music group would come over and we'd have dinner. There were thirty people - parents and kids - and we'd sit on the floor and listen to this beautiful music.
6
Novak Djokovic
I had to listen to the classical music because it calms me down, calms my nerves down.
7
Gustavo Dudamel
We have to go and show these people what classical music is. We say sometimes that classical music has a small audience, but it's because people don't have the chance to be closer to it.
8
Cote de Pablo
It wasn't until I found my tribe of artists - people who were outspoken and not afraid to say what they thought, whether in a song or a dance or a piece of classical music - that I found a refuge.
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Danny Elfman
I think that's one of the things that has always put me in kind of an odd niche. It's that all of my understanding of orchestral music is via film, not via classical music like it's supposed to be. To me it's the same, it doesn't make any difference.
10
John Fahey
I had a big background in listening to classical music and I started trying to compose, like I was playing the guitar but I heard an orchestra in my head.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CLASSICAL MUSIC»

Discover the use of classical music in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to classical music and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Why Classical Music Still Matters
Addressed to a wide audience, this book will appeal to aficionados and skeptics alike.
Lawrence Kramer, 2007
2
Classical Music: A Beginner's Guide
What does classical music mean to the Western World?
Professor Julian Johnson, 2012
3
All Music Guide to Classical Music: The Definitive Guide to ...
Offering comprehensive coverage of classical music, this guide surveys more than eleven thousand albums and presents biographies of five hundred composers and eight hundred performers, as well as twenty-three essays on forms, eras, and ...
Chris Woodstra, Gerald Brennan, Allen Schrott, 2005
4
The Classical Music of North India: The first years study
This is a book of and about the classical music of North India, among the oldest continual musical traditions of the world.
George Ruckert, Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Allaudin Khan, 1998
5
Who killed classical music?: maestros, managers, and ...
Controversial, polemical, and rich with inside information, this is a successor to Lebrecht's widely acclaimed The Maestro Myth, in which the author illuminated the hidden crisis in the conducting profession.
Norman Lebrecht, 1997
6
The Dictionary of Hindustani Classical Music
In this book the author has dealt with the musical terms as found in the old sastras and are also in common use.
Vimalakānta Rôya Caudhurī, 2000
7
Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
Entertaining and brilliantly written, this is a pretty reckless romp of a history through classical music and much much more.
Stephen Fry, 2005
8
Classical Music: The Listener's Companion
Encompassing more than five hundred classical composers past and present, this listener's guide to classical music discusses the best recordings of symphonies, operas, choral pieces, chamber music, and more by the world's leading composers ...
Alexander J. Morin, 2002
9
Who Needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Value
Johnson maintains that music is more than just "a matter of taste": while some music provides entertainment, or serves as background noise, other music functions as art.
Julian Johnson, 2002
10
Rhapsody in Red: How Western Classical Music Became Chinese
"Every chapter is as exiting as it is revealing. The book is thoroughly researched, with superb bibliography. I am ecstatic; my students will be electrified.
Sheila Melvin, Jindong Cai, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CLASSICAL MUSIC»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term classical music is used in the context of the following news items.
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Classical music concerts in Lachine offer evenings of 'charm and …
How about taking in some classical music in what has been called Montreal's best kept secret? There's music on tap for seven more nights this ... «Montreal Gazette, Jul 15»
2
James Holesovsky, 72: Cellist and stalwart supporter of Philadelphia …
Instead, through his personal musical standards and networking skills, he helped maintain the quality of classical music in Philadelphia. «Philly.com, Jul 15»
3
Classical music this week: Mill City Summer Opera, piano festival
Since its 2012 founding, Mill City Summer Opera has been bringing top operatic talent to town each summer for first-rate productions in the ... «TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press, Jul 15»
4
Classical music concerts for babies hit the right notes
Bach to Baby provide classical music concerts for babies, children and their families at regular venues and nurseries throughout the South of ... «Day Nurseries, Jul 15»
5
BBC Proms return to World Service
... get BBC Radio 3's Proms broadcasts and expert presenters out to a wider community of classical music lovers, globally, is a wonderful thing. «Classical Music, Jul 15»
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The Anxious Ease of Apple Music
When the iTunes store first arose, in 2003, it did well by classical music and other genres outside the pop hegemony. The new Apple cares less ... «The New Yorker, Jul 15»
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How a violinist from Kazakhstan has energised the Western …
Over the past nine years, Kazakhstan has been playing a crucial role in keeping Western classical music alive in the commercial capital. «Scroll.in, Jul 15»
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How to Bring Young Crowds back to Classical Music? Play the Local …
I tried to bridge that gap, and find ways of presenting classical music that would be more fun to play, and be more fun to go to.” “I was looking for ... «The Nonprofit Quarterly, Jul 15»
9
Five Can't-Miss Classical Music Events This Week in Cleveland
Two concerts this week feature members of what might be called the Griebling/Haigh Dynasty of musicians. Margi Griebling-Haigh, oboist and ... «Cleveland Scene Weekly, Jul 15»
10
Wausau classical music festival starts Thursday
WAUSAU— Wausau's only chamber music festival returns Thursday with four days of string quartets, piano quintets and other music-related ... «Wausau Daily Herald, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Classical music [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/classical-music>. Aug 2019 ».
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