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Classical is the granddaddy of all "serious" music. It's a huge blanket term for basically all forms of serious music, typically performed orchestrally, but not necessarily -- there are many classical pieces for solo piano or harpsichord, for example. Most people think of classical music being written centuries ago, but there is still classical music being written today that's considered that. A lot of 20th/21st Century classical, however, is much more experimental than it was before (although, it could be argued successfully that at the time, classical music of the, say, 17th Century was just as experimental as it is today -- it's just that we've had centuries to get used to it and build on that.) (Read More)

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