History of Classical Music

Classical Characteristics

(Classical 1)

Overview of Classical Next (Instrumental)

Forms used include the minuet and trio, rondo, sonata-allegro, sonatina and theme and variations. Composers also often wrote concertos and dances.
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.
Rests, 16th notes, and triplets were used frequently. In theme and variations, the same tempo was usually used throughout the variations.
There were varied dynamic contrasts (softs & louds). Two- and three- note slurs, regular phrasing and articulations were used.

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