Definition of classical music in English:

classical music


  • 1[mass noun] Serious music following long-established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition.

    • ‘Kim said classical music, Indian sitar, or even African reggae could all be a beneficial part of the class.’
    • ‘When it reopens, only 60 percent of events will consist of classical music.’
    • ‘Why has classical music has become less popular with the average person?’
    • ‘Students will be taught styles in pop, rock, jazz, and classical music.’
    • ‘He said classical music was still popular among the youth, but it needed the medium of films to generate interest.’
    • ‘Most of the people do not know western jazz, western classical music and western blues.’
    • ‘Almost every pop music trend inflicts itself on classical music sooner or later.’
    • ‘It is atmospheric stuff, drawing on Turkish musical traditions but also jazz and western classical music.’
    • ‘In fact the instrument is capable of more than calypso and is often used to play jazz and classical music.’
    • ‘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 decided to concentrate on the instruments as an homage to jazz and classical music.’
    • ‘As such, he is and remains one of the most important ambassadors for classical music.’
    • ‘They call folk music unrefined, but that's where classical music came from.’
    • ‘The intention is to reduce the air of seriousness surrounding classical music.’
    • ‘Not only have they stirred up the pop scene but they've thrown an overly serious world of classical music into a tizzy.’
    • ‘I like pop music but play classical music on the piano and clarinet.’
    • ‘Whereas popular music relies almost entirely on melody, classical music has development and argument.’
    • ‘I pretty much only listen to either jazz or classical music all the time.’
    • ‘We are happy to mix classical music with choral works, movie themes, jazz, rock and folk.’
    1. 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.