2 What was happening around the world? 1751- Benjamin Franklin “discovers” electricity.American Revolution1781- Uranus discovered.1789- George Washington inauguratedFrench Revolution1803- The Louisiana Purchase1804- Napoleon crowns himself Emperor.War of 18121822- The Rosetta Stone is deciphered
3 Famous People of the Era King Louis XIV of FranceNapoleon Bonaparte of FranceGeorge Washington of America
13 What does the term Classical mean? From 1750 on artists, musicians, and architects wanted to get away from the strange opulence of the Baroque period and move to emulate the clean, uncluttered style of Classical Greece.This period is called Classical because of that desire to emulate the works of the ancient Greeks.
14 Characteristics of the Classical Period The Church and Monarchs were no longer the principle benefactors of the arts due to the political upheaval in Europe at the time.
15 All of the Classical composers were employed by various wealthy patrons. Much of their music was written for parties, ceremonies, or simply as a commission for a new work.The center of Classical music was Vienna, Italy which is where all of the major composers lived and worked.There was also a sense of Nationalism (pride in your country) in the compositions.
16 Musical Background (Baroque was fancy and complicated but Classical was … Focus on Simplicity and BalanceMusic is meant to be EASILY understoodAvoided the use of excessive emotionMusic was written with a single melodic line; other instruments provided accompaniment(Ex: Violin solo w/ keyboard accompaniment)
17 Classical Opera Opera buffa – comic opera. Simple music, amusing plot, real characters.Performed in palace and public opera houses.Reaction to problems with Baroque Opera.Mythology/historicalNot real people or situationsMusic too heavy and complex.
18 Musical Characteristics Great attention to musical formUse of dynamics as thematic materialInclusion of percussion instrumentsStrong sense of tension and releaseUse of modulationOperaUse of comic and witty melodies
19 Musical Innovations Symphonic form Sonata form String Quartets Huge popularity of the OperaInvention of the modern Piano, as well as many other instrumentsTheme and Variations
30 The Sonata FormA one-movement piece for a solo instrument, usually accompanied by a piano - as opposed to a concerto, which is a multi-movement piece accompanied by an orchestra.There are three sections of a sonata-ExpositionDevelopmentRecapitulationAll sonatas follow this form.
31 The String Quartet A composition for four solo string instruments: 2 Violins1 Viola1 CelloEach part is equally important.Haydn was the first to write one - he also mastered them.Piece usually has four movements similar to that of the symphonic form.
33 OperaWhile opera was invented much earlier in musical history, it was during this period and the one that followed that most of the most famous operas were written - including:The Magic FluteThe Marriage of FigaroDon GiovanniAll of these operas were written by Mozart. Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert has no success with writing operas.An opera is basically a musical play with all of the words sung instead of spoken.
40 ConclusionsMost of the most famous composers in history come from this era.By 1825, the modern orchestra was almost fully in place (except for the tuba and low woodwinds).It was during this era that many of the most famous pieces of music were written, including symphonies and operas.