Classical Collection

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Classical Collection

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Classical Collection


Music--United States
Classical music


Collection of digital images, documents, and other records depicting the history of classical music in Central Florida. Series descriptions are based on special topics, the majority of which students focused their metadata entries around.

Although the term “classical music” did not appear until the early 19th century, it has been used describe art music rooted in the liturgical and secular traditions of Western music that date back to the 11th century. Classical music began with the Gregorian chants of the Medieval Era (500-1400), which developed into organum and the beginnings of harmony. During the Renaissance Era (1400-1600), composers were largely devoted to choral writing and a polyphonic style. The Common Practice Period (1600-1910), which uses conventionalized sequences of chords and obeys specific contrapuntal norms, includes the Baroque Era (1600-1760), which witnessed the creation of tonality, changes in musical notation, and new ways to play instruments; the Classical Era (1730-1820), when variety and contrast became more pronounced within a piece due to its lighter texture and clarified structure; and the Romantic Era (1780-1910), in which a backlash against the social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution led to music that was more nationalistic, as well as discontent with musical formulas and conventions.

The Common Practice Period led to the Modern and Contemporary Period (1890-present). This period includes the Modern and High Modern Era (1890-1975), in which musical language evolved with new approaches to harmonic, melodic, sonic, and rhythmic aspects of music. During the High Modern Era, neo-classical and serial music emerged. The Contemporary or Postmodern Era (1975-present), includes modernist, postmodern, neoromantic, and pluralist music. Postmodernism is not a distinct musical style, but a reference to music of the Postmodern Era, which challenges boundaries, embraces contradictions, and encompasses pluralism and eclecticism.

Central Florida has enjoyed classical music from its resident professional symphonic orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, since it began 1993. The orchestra presents several different types of programming, including the Super Series, which includes five classical concerts featuring guest artists, chamber music concerts as part of its Focus Series, and outdoor pop concerts that are free to the public. The Orlando Philharmonic kept opera alive in Central Florida when the Orlando Opera closed in 2009, performing several times a year. The Orlando-based Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra has been one of the nation’s prominent youth orchestra since it opened in 1957. The FSYO placed 2nd in the 28th International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna in 1999.


Has Part

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Collection, Classical Collection, Central Florida Music History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Part Of

Central Florida Music History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.






Daytona Beach, Florida
WUCF-TV, University of Central Florida
Winter Park, Florida


Cepero, Laura
Cravero, Geoffrey

Digital Collection

External Reference

Fawkes, Richard, and Robert Powell. The History of Classical Music. Hong Kong: Naxos Audiobooks, 1997.
Goulding, Phil G. Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1992.
Mueller, John Henry. The American Symphony Orchestra; A Social History of Musical Taste. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1951.
Spitzer, John. American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Collection Items

Since 1995, the Daytona Beach Symphony Society has given at-risk youths of Volusia County, Florida, the opportunity to experience classical music through their YES! Community Outreach Program. YES! (Youth Experiencing Symphony) targets at-risk…

The Bach Festival Society, the third oldest continuously-operating Bach Festival in the United States, was founded in 1935 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). In addition to the annual Bach…
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