The Calm before the Classical

This blog post covers the early stages of Classical Period music from 1730-1760. It focuses on the genres, forms, and artistic sensibilities that separated this period from the previous one, the Baroque Period. Two important figures from this stretch of time are covered: C.P.E. Bach and Johann Christian Bach. These talented and successful sons of Johann Sebastian Bach defined the Classical genre and helped precipitate the musical storm that followed–a deluge featuring Haydn- Mozart- and Beethoven-shaped clouds.