Mr. G Does the Classics for You Right Here
by By Keith Gatling | 13 months ago
The answer is yes.
Classical music can be a style of playing, like this link to the Habanera Kvartet playing "I Feel Good" by James Brown (and who says classically trained musicians can't get down?).
And of course it's all that stuff written by those famous dead guys like Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, and in these two special cases, Chopin (yeah, I know, I lost the alliteration with that one). First we have his Prelude in E Minor, as played by Khatia Buniatishvili.
Is it still being written now? Well, 1925 is a long way from "now" for us, but Gershwin's Concerto in F was a piece of "contemporary" classical music. More in line with my time is Leonard Bernstein, who wrote many classical pieces, many theater pieces, the music and score to "West Side Story", and "Mass" for the opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971. My favorite piece from that is "A Simple Song." Here it's done by Nicholas Phan:
There's Classical and then there's Classical - Or "Here I go with that "home/home" thing again;"
When I was a young Music History student, I very clearly remember the day my brain exploded when I heard that within the broad genre of music by long-dead composers that we call Classical Music, there's actually period called the Classical era. Classical music as we commonly describe it is broken up into certain eras: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic (which is not what you think it is), and Modern (which dates back to 1890).The Classical era ran roughly from 1750 to 1820, and included the dead guys Mozart and Beethoven. Bach and Handel belonged to the earlier Baroque period. Brahms and Mendelssohn belonged to the later Romantic period.
If you really want to find out more about classical music (and I don't just mean the Classical period), a great place to start is the Wikipedia article on it. It's especially good reading while you're stuck at home like the rest of us.