MUS 277 1st Essay - Josh Sawyer MUS 212: Music History...

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Josh Sawyer MUS 212: Music History since 1750 Essay #1 Classical Enlightenment Musical eras are defined by the change of musical styles, composers, and compositional interpretation of music. Frequently, these changes are brought about by a change in musical conventions or a composer’s style. However, the classical era demonstrates a shift in style because of the enlightenment principles as well as musical convention. In the classical era, music evolved with evolving social and political ideas that were rapidly changing during the period. The enlightenment is characterized by the rising middle class, breakthroughs in social equality, universal education, and political activism. These social and political traits move hand in hand with classical era characteristics of emotional contrast, gallant style, contemporary criticism, and music that appealed to everyone. Composers such as Mozart, J.C. Bach, Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, and Sammartini utilized elements of society changing around them in their revolutionary classical music. The enlightenment period was a revolution among the common class of people. A rising middle class gave birth to a new market of people that could pay for luxuries that were normally unattainable to the working class poor. These middle class citizens strove for social equality that was unheard of during previous eras of politics and music. Concerts were now available for this
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MUS 277 1st Essay - Josh Sawyer MUS 212: Music History...

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