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Classical Era (1750 - 1820).

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Classical Era

(1750 - 1820)

The Classical period has been called the "Golden Age of Music" because it was at this time that the major forms of Classical music were fully developed. The classical era runs roughly from the 1750s into the early decades of the 1820s. This collection features both pieces originally written for piano, as well as transcriptions for piano. The main composers of this era are Bach, Beethoven, Cimarosa, Clementi, Diabelli, Haydn, Mozart and Turk.

In the classical era, no middle class home was complete without a piano. The piano was a new invention and gradually replaced the harpsichord. The harpsichord was unable to play at different volume levels and was therefore limited to be able to play the new classical music. The piano can play a wide range of volumes. It served as the home entertainment centre for families in the classical era. The ever increasing number of people who could play the piano led to a much wider and much more educated audience for music.

Almost all musicians were either employed by the church or royal families in the early ages of the classical era. This frustrated many composers because

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