If you ask the average person who best represents Classical music, they’ll probably say Mozart or Beethoven – not a bad starting point!
The high point of Classical music was indeed probably around 1800, although we are sure many would argue for other periods.
Solo piano music such as Chopin’s or the great orchestral symphonies by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms are seen by many as the zenith of Classical music achievement.
Concertos, which combine the two – featuring a lead instrument such as the piano or violin – are the preferred listening of many. Whether it is the formal exuberance of Beethoven’s 2nd piano Concerto or the romanticism of Bruch’s 1st violin Concerto, there is something very special about the apparent solitude of the soloist pitched against the force of a might orchestra, but of course in the best performances both are working in perfect harmony – in every sense.
To learn to play Classical music, you will need to fully master your instrument. Learning to play scales, arpeggios and other exercises are all part of this. Luckily, even the great Masters wrote pieces for students whose skills are not yet fully developed, so you could be playing something written by a musical genius within a few months of starting your musical journey.
Over time, you will also need to learn how to read more and more complex music off the page.