In this era also it was upper-class society that formed the majority of the audience for Classical music. But, it was the working class that contributed greatly to its abridgment. Ancient themes and myths became a thing of the past and styles such as gallant, sentimental and comic opera were ushered in. The music is expressed as symphony, concerto, sonata, etude, fugue, opera, overture, waltz, etc. Based on the genre the tune changed in tempo or in key (major to minor).
Some of the most famous composers of the Classical period in music are:
Pianoforte and organ gained in popularity and were instrumental for the enduring keyboard layout. Violin and the clarinet family became a mainstay at orchestral, chamber and concerto settings. Other instruments were basoons, flutes, horns and oboes.
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