A music genre that has lasted for more than 400 years, and rap is starting to die out after about 20.
Dumbass: Yo, u like Soulja Boy or 50 cent?
Me: Beethoven could kick their asses while playing the piano, blindfolded.

Classical is greater than rap, period.
by mark101 July 10, 2008
The music that owns all other music, especially rap. The people who say that 50 Cent is mors talented than someone like Beethoven need to grow up. Fortunatly there's still hope for people like them. When I was young I incorrectly believed rap to be the best form of music and when I heard classical music I shoved my headphones in and turned up the volume. I'm lucky this didn't result in permanent hearing damage so now I can listen to real music. All this goes to show that...

1. I've listened to both rap and classical so I'm qualified to say that classical is more enjoyable

2. You don't need to be an old person to listen to classical music since last time I checked 15 wasn't old

and...

3. Rap becomes old real fast and has no lasting value, which is why I sought out different types of music (there's only so much bitching about hoes, money, and guns that you can take and classical isn't the only type of music I listen to)
The only people who say that rap is better than classical are those who haven't ever listened to it for fear that they might actually like it more than rap.
by 8746685674634 March 16, 2006
Classical music is the height of music. It embodies the emotion of the creator and the listener. The genre varies from lighthearted frilly tunes to dark tunes.
As the Real Gangsta should probably realize, today's music is no match for classical music, seeing as how today's music contains no real emotion whatsoever and is mostly negative (against the establishment and so forth). Classical music varies in range and is still considered the greatest type of music created.
Classical music rules all the noise existing today.
by Valde_Unus August 10, 2005
The word "classical" as applied to music has two meanings. The narrow meaning is the music that predominated in cultivated circles from about 1759 or so (the year Handel died) through about 1827 (the year Beethoven died). The most prominent classical composers were Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, though there were many others as well--among them J.S. Bach's sons, esp. C.P.E. Bach, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Luigi Boccherini, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf.and many others. Of course, this time classification is a bit arbitrary; Schubert, who died a scant 20 months after Beethoven, is generally considered a Romantic composer, though many of his longer works from all but the last few years of his life are basically classical in the narrow sense.

In the broader sense, classical music is more difficult to define precisely; you can find exceptions to almost any generalizations you make.

Yes, classical music tends to be in longer forms that popular music, but a great many classical composers have written songs which are no longer that the average pop song. There is even an Australian composer named Myroslav Gutej whose 3 movenment Piano Sonata #7 lasts a total of 24 seconds!

Yes, classical music tends to be "serious" music; in fact, many have adopted the term "serious music" in lieu of classical music, because they think it more accurate. But that does not mean that all non-classical music is not serious, or that no classical music has humor. Many operas have comic plots; probably about half of opera plots involve crossdressing by at least one character. And Brahms Academic Festival Overture, written, as you might expect, to celebrate a particular academic festival, horrified many of the academics and delighted their students because it was based on four popular German student drinking songs. Much of the humor of J.S. Bach is lost to us now, because much of his music, including his sacred cantatas and organ music, incorporated melodies from the popular music of his day; this often shocked many members of the congregation. At the other end, the song "Strange Fruit," popularized by Billie Holiday, certainly qualifies as "serious" music.

And finally, whether a composer is considered classical or popular can be a rather arbirary, individual decision at the margins. I have made the decision, for example, to include all of Duke Ellington, even his longer symphonic compositions, in with my jazz section. OTOH, I categorize both George Gershwin and Scott Joplin (not just his opera Treemonisha) as classical composers.

And while I think rap is an abomination, I must say that many people who began as rap "artists" have turned out to be people of real artistic depth in music and movies. Queen Latifah is one of the few who has branched out into other kinds of music, but others, like Ice T and Will Smith have shown themselves to be fine actors with genuine depth. And, divorced from its often obscene, violent, and mysogynistic content, rap as a form, if not a name, has been around for a long time, going back at least as far as the Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs. And give another listen to Pete Seeger's "Talking Atom" from the late 40's, if you have never heard it.
Favorite essentials to a good classical CD collection:

Bach: Brandenburg Concerti--Marriner, cond.
Handel: Messiah--Charles Mackerras, cond.
Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76--Tatrai Quartet.
Beethoven: Piano Concerti (5)--Leon Fleisher, piano, George Szell, cond. Cleveland Orchestra.

Brahms: Symphonies--Georg Solti, Chicago Sym.
Mahler: Symphonies--Bernstein, NYPO
Dvorak: Sym 9 "New World"--Zdenek Macal, cond, London Philharmonic Orch.
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring--Stravinsky, cond.
Joplin: Treemonisha--Gunther Schuller, cond.
Prokofiev: Symphonies 1, 5--James Levine, Chicago Symphony.
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet--St Petersburg String Quartet, hyperion label.

Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra--Antal Dorati, cond., Sean Connery, narrator.
by Robert Baker aka RebLem May 14, 2006
1) A period of music ranging from the middle 1700s to the early 1800s. Famous classical composers include Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn.

2) A bastardization of all "traditional" types of music (orchestral, choral, etc.). Derived from the classical period. Other periods include prehistoric, medieval, renaissance, baroque, romantic, 20th century, and 21st century.

3) The true pinnacle of music in which true musicianship, expressiveness, technique, and skill are essential elements in its performance. To truly listen to classical music one must be able to listen to it on entirely different levels of thinking.
The only classical music that most people have listened to is the ambient, therapeutically-designed background music at Barnes & Noble.
by inbe June 20, 2005
A musical period that lasted from around 1730 to 1820. Leading composers included Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. It is characterised by complex melodies, large orchestral pieces, and many different forms of compositon like the sonata. Classical music often requires 'Active Listening' to feel the full effect of the music, as opposed to the 'Passive Listening' many are used to when listening to modern music. Classical music also rarely has a lyrical part, and can be written for any number of instruments, from one to over one hundred.
Beethoven's fifth is one of the most widely known Classical pieces, with the opening melody having been compared to 'Fate, knocking on the door.'
by Shibaderp August 02, 2013
NEO-CLASSICAL: It's new age classical music.

Jason Becker is the shit man!!!!

He's the best fucking classical guitarist today.
"24 Capricci Per Violino Solo and Speed Metal Symphony are fucking awesome."

"Yeah, Becker is the most awesome classical metal guitarist I've heard."
by subhumanrhythm November 08, 2007

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