Classical era

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    Franz Joseph Haydn

    A composer of Austrian descent, he was known for his chamber music. His pieces are often developed from short statements or motifs into a larger structure.
  • Equal temperament

    The adoption of an equal temperament tuning system means that cadences can be utilized in any key to achieve the same effect.
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    A prodigy from childhood, Mozart traveled Europe writing masterpieces until his death at only 35.
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    Ludwig van Beethoven

    One of the greatest composers of all time. He was a virtuoso pianist, and went dead in his later years.
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    The classical era

    The sound of the classical era is homophonic, with a distinct melody and accompaniment. Most music from the era has a clear form, often utilizing the use of a theme or counterpoint.
  • Classical guitar

    The introduction of a more modern looking six string guitar. The guitar had made it's mark, and is establishing it's place in the world of music.
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    Franz Peter Schubert

    Schubert may have only lived to be 31, but his musical repertoire is astoundingly large.
  • Fortepiano

    The forrunner to the modern piano, it differs from the baroque era's harpsichord in that instead of plucking the strings, the keys actuate hammers with leather faces, allowing for greater dynamic variety. This was the instrument of choice for Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart.