Many in the era paid special attention to instrumental music and were highly concerned with the symphony, trio, string quartet, sonata, concerto as well as the Serenade (Walton 166). This era rejected Baroque influences owing to its emphasis on dramatic outcomes; this was partly because Baroque era performers used to work for institutions like the church that required the compositions to support actual singing. Instruments like piano were not that important owing to the prominence given to operatic singers, so Baroque artists tended to play more string instruments. Performers in the classical era did not see the need to focus on those performances and this is why the sonata became one of the most prominent features of the work. In essence, music was categorized as classical if it had the cherished qualities of both beauties as well as purity.As stated in the earlier segments of the paper, Baroque artists used to perform for a select audience that often dictated the kind of tunes they could play; however, the classical era that coincided with the enlightenment age was more individualistic in character. How Mozart Was Representative of His Era.
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