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Periods (or Styles) of Music

The most important periods are baroque, classical and romantic

In this section you will find information about all the periods during which music was composed in the western tradition. There are lists of some of the best tunes written in each period.  Click on the Period, at the left of any row in the list below, to find out more.

No.PeriodFrom YearTo Year
1 Traditional4003000
2 Early Music4501450
3 Renaissance14501601
4 Baroque16001750
5 Classical17511820
6 Romantic18211910
7 Impressionist18701920
8 Modern (Serious)19112030
9 Popular Modern19302030


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