Ludwig van Beethoven
La Mer/Afternoon of a Faun/Jeux/Two Nocturnes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Glenn Gould

Classical

Classical music is hard to define in specific terms, but it is generally understood to be music rooted in Western European traditions performed by trained musicians in formal settings like concert halls, opera houses, and churches. Its key emphasis is the faithful interpretation of composers' written scores. Classical music's roots lie in the chant melodies of Medieval religious rites. Its contemporary incarnation encompasses everything from opera and the symphony orchestra to chamber ensembles, solo works, choral music, songs, film music, and the avant-garde. Works from the intervening centuries make up the bulk of the recorded repertory, and they mirror the artistic and architectural trends of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras in their sound worlds and conception. The dichotomy between classical and popular music is a fairly recent cultural development. In fact, much of what is considered classical music today grew out of, was influenced by, or was popular music of its time.

Classical Artists Highlights grid list

Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók
Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein
John Cage
John Cage
King's College Choir of Cambridge
King's College Choir of ...
Kiri Te Kanawa
Kiri Te Kanawa
King's Singers
King's Singers
Karl Böhm
Karl Böhm
Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet
Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric Chopin
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Vladimir Horowitz
Vladimir Horowitz
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
Andrés Segovia
Andrés Segovia
Kathleen Battle
Kathleen Battle
Alan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic ...
Michael Nyman
Michael Nyman
Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler
Nino Rota
Nino Rota
John Barry
John Barry
Arthur Fiedler
Arthur Fiedler
John Williams
John Williams
Arvo Pärt
Arvo Pärt
Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
Harry Partch
Harry Partch
Boston Pops Orchestra
Boston Pops Orchestra
György Ligeti
György Ligeti
Canadian Brass
Canadian Brass
Ernesto Lecuona
Ernesto Lecuona
Jerome Kern
Jerome Kern
Leontyne Price
Leontyne Price
Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
Jan Garbarek
Jan Garbarek
Terry Riley
Terry Riley
Plácido Domingo
Plácido Domingo
Steve Reich
Steve Reich
Anonymous 4
Anonymous 4
Vienna Boys' Choir
Vienna Boys' Choir

Classical subgenres and styles