The problem is that oftentimes there isn't a huge different between the composition in a string quartet and a symphony other than the instrumentation, so it's a lot easier to lump it all under classical music.
>>61812449 You presented it as if you were answering op's question though. I could have listed the names of composers and said they weren't genres either but it'd still have been irrelevant to the thread.
>>61812345 please fuck off. a symphony from handel is completely different to a symphony from mahler, and can not be classified as the same genre when the entire instrumentation and aesthetic of music was completely different.
"a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like."
so you could classify classical in a few ways, by period like >>61812319 or by aesthetic, or by techniques and goal.
Grouping them by form like >>61812345 is wrong. Form is like structure in popular music. You dont group all the songs with intro-verse-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus-b section-chorus structure into the same "genre", the same way you dont group all pieces in sonata form into the same genre.
The structure or instrumentation of a piece isn't the defining factor, its the music itself.
There are probably 20 odd different genres in each period mentioned in >>61812319. Art music is widely varied, the most varied of any kind of music under one loose label. Genres are very specific to a period and an aesthetic, so you'd need to make a list for each period.
A CAPELLA VOCAL MUSIC: >Renaissance Mass >Renaissance Motet >Renaissance Madrigal >Renaissance Cantus firmus mass >Renaissance Cantus firmus/imitation mass >Renaissance Paraphrase mass >Renaissance Imitation mass >Renaissance Madrigale spirituale >Renaissance Laude.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: Toccata, prelude, ricercar, and canzona. Dances played by Instrumental ensembles included the basse danse (It. bassadanza), tourdion, saltarello, pavane, galliard, allemande, courante, bransle, canarie, and lavolta.
LATE DEVELOPMENTS: >Madrigal comedy >Intermedio
Then go on to the baroque period and continue until every genre is mapped out for each period. Its 500+ years of music from the entire western world, dont expect it to fit neatly in boxes. There are many more renaissance genres, and pieces that dont fit in any genre, or cross the borders.
>>61812822 20th CENTURY GENRES: >Modernism >Nationalism >Serialism >Minimalism >Impressionism >Sonorism >New Complexity >Spectralism >Second Viennese School >Darmstadt School >NYC Uptown School >NYC Downtown School (also some minimalists here) >Post Tonal >Bimodal / Folk influenced (read: Bartok, Stravinsky et al) >New Simplicity (Prokofiev and everyone who wrote tonal music in their own way) >Polystylism >Microtonal >Neoclassicism >Experimental music/Post Modernism (Cage School indeterminacy) >Electronic music (Stockhausen and Babbit pieces for synthesizer, Xenakis, etc) >Musique Concrete >Atonal music >Historicism >Neoromanticism >Post-Minimalism.
Thats just a rough list, there are many more, and many piece which dont fit in a specific genre or use multiple genres, including all the genres from previous periods.
But again, classical music is so varied that its almost unintelligible to categorize it in a meaningful way.
Symphonies in mozart's time had strict form and relatively predictable orchestration, harmonies, and cycles of development, etc. By the time of people like Mahler, Part, or Webern the ideas of what makes a symphony a symphony were broken down a lot more.
I think the best way to categorize things is generally by period and mode of expression. >Choral >Vocal >Instrumental >Orchestral >Opera >etc
Either way, its a futile search. The best way to get into classical is to start with the great and just branch your way out by whatever you enjoy the sound of. There's practically no guarantee that you'll enjoy any given quartet just because you liked one in particular. But if you know that you enjoy impressionistic piano sonatas, its a lot easier to determine what you may like from then on.
>>61815711 That is actually what people think. They try to make like they're open minded and that the people only listening to rock music aren't but they ignore every other tradition in the world, saying that it isn't art music.
Chamber music is my favorite right now, especially string quartet. Might be because I'm used to the "four people playing music together" setting, but orchestral works usually seem excessive, and smaller solo/ensemble stuff doesn't sound as full. Not a fan of choral music/opera.
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