Introduction to Classical Genres

We will begin our study of the Classical era by looking at some of the most important genres from this period of music history. Many of these genres are not new. The concerto, opera, and sonata are all examples of genres that have their origins in the Baroque period, but continue to develop and evolve in the classical era. Two new genres make their debut here in the 18th century, namely the symphony and the string quartet. In this section¬†you’ll find materials for all of these genres.

This section includes the following pages:

  • Slide Show: Classical Genres
  • Slide Show:¬†Classical Vocal Music
  • The Classical Era
  • Symphony
  • Chamber Music
  • String Quartet
  • Serenade
  • Concerto
  • Sonata
  • Classical Opera
  • Opera Buffa