Classical era

The Classical era emerged together with new developments in science, inventions and discoveries. Philosophers of the Enlightenment challenged existing world views. The light touch of the Rococo style and rediscovered ideals of symmetry and balance in form characterised culture in general and music in particular.

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Romantic era

Late 18th-century Europe saw a lot of upheavals. Napoleon’s revolution upset the social and political order. In a reaction to the pure reason of the Enlightenment movement of the 18th century, emotion and individual experience were championed.