Definition of classical music in English:

classical music

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[mass noun]
  • 1Serious music following long-established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition.
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    • This data set was split into two broad categories of classical music and popular music.
    • He writes books of poetry but his contact with classical music had been rather limited thus far.
    • He said classical music was still popular among the youth, but it needed the medium of films to generate interest.
  • 1.1(More specifically) music written in the European tradition during a period lasting approximately from 1750 to 1830, when forms such as the symphony, concerto, and sonata were standardized.

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