Classical music encompasses the whole of western music from the early renaissance through the 20th century. From famous pieces like Beethoven’s 5th symphony to the esoteric compositions of visionary modernists like John Cage, the depth and breadth of classical music ensures there’s something for every listener to enjoy.
At Amazon.com, you’ll find a complete selection of classical music spanning from early baroque to contemporary compositions. Influential composers like J.S. Bach were largely responsible for establishing a unified system of musicality throughout Europe, which led to an explosion of creative output across the continent. Paired with the invention and perfection of instruments like the violin and piano, prolific composers like Vivaldi and Haydn brought music into the classical period. Characterized by a more uniform style and presentation, classical music from this era embraced lasting forms like the symphony and concerto.
As artists like Mozart continued to innovate and expand the musical vocabulary of the day, the classical era gave way to the drama and emotive compositions of the romantic era. Legendary composers like Brahms, Beethoven, and Wagner wrote some of the most memorable and moving pieces of music in history, and remain popular today. As the philosophical ideals of classical music began to shift toward creative expression and individuality, composers like Mahler, Debussy, and Stravinsky produced deeply artistic works that would forever redefine society’s perception of music.
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Classical music has long been the soundtrack to western history. Through the works of the great composers, you can immerse yourself in the art, culture, and philosophy of the European golden age.