Origin of the Genre
The origin of classical music can be found dating back to the Medieval times (5th to 15th century). Classical music was not created by Black people, and unlike the previously mentioned genres classical music was not led by Black people.Within classical music, there are different eras to break down the styles of music. These eras are:
- Renaissance (1400-1600)
- Baroque (1600-1750)
- Classical (1730-1820)
- Romantic (1780-1910)
Characteristics of the Genre
Classical music usually follows a set complex form. The different forms of classical music are:
- Opera is the only form of classical music that is not entirely instrumental.
Instruments used in most classical pieces are strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments. Black composers infused jazz elements with classical components to create their own style.
After the emancipation/Civil War classical music was used as a way for Blacks to try and assimilate into White culture. It was also used to try and gain racial equality within music.
- William Grant Still
- George Walker
- Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
- Florence Prince
- Hale Smith
- Adolphus Hailstork
- David Baker
- James Depriest
- William Chapman Nyaho
- Joseph Boulogne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUvuXJP_LOg
The commodification of classical music is dependent upon Whites because Black people did not create classical music.
Influences of Future Genres
Classical music can be attributed to the restoration of classical music by making the neoclassical genre.
Black composers in classical music helped to renovate and revive classical music.