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Originating Location: Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Syria, Iberia and Egypt.

Originating Styles: Early Christian religious music, plainchant, folk styles, theater and market music, Greek and Roman music theory.

Originating Era: Between the 6th and 9th century.

Key ComposersEdit

Early Middle Ages: Rome, Hispania, Gaul, Milan, and IrelandEdit

High Middle Ages: France and SpainEdit

Late Middle Ages: France and ItalyEdit

Early Renaissance: Flanders, Germany, England, and ItalyEdit

Late Renaissance: Italy, Flanders, France, Spain, and EnglandEdit

Baroque and Rococo: Germany, France, England, and ItalyEdit

Early Classicism: Germany, Austria, England, Spain, and ItalyEdit

Late Classicism and Early Romanticism: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Czechia, Hungary, America, Russia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and IrelandEdit

Late Romanticism and Realism: America, Austria, Czechia, England, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, and RussiaEdit

Neoclassicism, Neoromanticism and Neobaroque: Britain, France, Russia, Germany, and the AmericasEdit

Impressionism and Post-Romanticism: France, Spain, Poland, Czechoslovakia, England, and AmericaEdit

Expressionism and Serialism: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and the United StatesEdit

Experimentalism, Aleatoricism, and Avant-Garde: America, France, Austria, and Japan Edit

Minimalism and Post-minimalism: America and the NetherlandsEdit

Polystylism and Eclecticism: America, Russia, and Canada Edit

Popular form: America and AustriaEdit

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Genre DescriptionEdit

Western Classical is the oldest type of "serious" music. It's a huge blanket term for basically all forms of court, church and upper-middle class music, and sometimes important popular composers. Classical music can be vocal; between song and operatic theater, or instrumental; solo instrument and big orchestral ensembles -- there are many classical pieces for solo piano, violin or harpsichord. Most people think that classical music was written centuries ago, but there is still classical music being written today, though usually for a much smaller market, unless it is in a romantic or classical style. A lot of 20th/21st Century classical, however, is much more experimental than it was before (But also much more fragmented), making it interesting for smaller groups of music specialists but not for a broader market. Minimalism is the main exception.

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