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The Classical Period was an era of great enlightenment from 1730-1820 and generally thought of when you think about olden music. This time intrigues me because of how golden that time was, everything was developing, it was surely a time of great prosperity with different inventions and great figures. There were different laws passed, organized government, and overall exponential growth towards political, social and economic aspects of the age. I happen to be really interested in classical music in general because it is what I was told to learn when I started playing the piano. It really stems from classical music, to get better, classical music was the way to go.

The textbook describes the music to be an “international” style that originated from German and Italian tastes. Music as a whole was growing in popularity going into public performances and expanding into symphonies and other new instrumental types. However, there were always three main composers that were well known throughout the classical era: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).

I chose Beethoven because he’s background is pretty unique and his music is grand. As one of the greatest composers during that era, he went completely deaf, but he had to experience that gradually as he aged. However, he still managed to create amazing pieces like the Symphony No.5 with its many different tones from the feeling of urgency to a slow comeuppance which could have originated from his fear of going deaf. His music does sound like what I expected, it sounds “classical”, there is no other way to put it. For me, I have only known it to be classical, so there wasn’t a certain expectation of listening to music.