What is Classical Music?

As this website is all about listening to “classical music”, I thought I’d better start off by defining what exactly is meant by the phrase, ‘classical music’, at least when this website uses it!

At its broadest, the term ‘classical music’ means something that sounds like this:

…or potentially like this:

The first of those samples was written around 925; the second in around 1979. There’s getting on for 1000 years of history between the two …yet both are usually thought to

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