History of Classical Music in Germany

SSO_Strauss_GalaGermany has a very rich heritage in classical music and the same has influenced the western music too, which we listen to these days. Music created by German maestros like Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, etc. is studied by professional even today for learning purposes.

The most influential and innovative type of classical music was composed across the period spanning across 1600 to 1750 roughly. This period, also known as the Baroque Era saw the emergence of classical music pioneers Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, etc. These legends were not only the groundbreakers of the Baroque music, but also composed music which is unparalleled by all means. Johann Stamitz, who is considered as the father of modern chamber orchestra also belonged to the same period.

The Baroque Era was succeeded by the Classical Era and the music comprising sonatas was its highlight. The protagonists of this era included Joseph Haydn, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and legendary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Classical era was ended and taken to a new period known as Romantic Era with the advent of Ludwig van Beethoven into the scene. His works received critical acclaim and he transformed the entire scene of hitherto Classical era’s music.  Other popular musicians and composers of this era include Carl Maria von Weber, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss, etc. The music belonging to this era was more detailed and complex. Thus, it aroused intense feelings and passions, and was also at times heroic in essence.

The Classical music was further revolutionized during the 20th century by legends like Paul Hindemith and Arnold Schönberg. The music composed by these challenged traditional harmony and introduced an innovative tonal relationship.

Directly and indirectly, German musicians and composers have given a lot to the heritage, and undoubtedly have set examples for the musicians of today, as well as for those who are to come.


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