History of Classical Music

Classical Characteristics

(Classical 1)

Overview of Classical Next (Instrumental)

Form
Forms used include the minuet and trio, rondo, sonata-allegro, sonatina and theme and variations. Composers also often wrote concertos and dances.
Harmony
Often there was a single-line melody with accompaniment. Cadences and slower chord changes were frequently used.
Keyboard Instruments
The pianoforte and harpsichord were used.
Rhythm
Rests, 16th notes, and triplets were used frequently. In theme and variations, the same tempo was usually used throughout the variations.
Style
There were varied dynamic contrasts (softs & louds). Two- and three- note slurs, regular phrasing and articulations were used.


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