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For questions on Western Classical Music in both, the narrow sense of the music between roughly 1730 and 1820, as well as the broad sense of any music written for an orchestra, or other instrument or instrumental group common during the Classical Period.

The Classical Period was an era of Western Classical Music roughly between 1730 and 1820. It falls between the Baroque and Romantic periods.

The best-known composers from this period are Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert.

Some of the instruments used in the Classical Period are:

  • Baroque guitar
  • Strings
    • Violin
    • Viola
    • Cello
    • Double bass
  • Woodwinds
    • Basset clarinet
    • Basset horn
    • Clarinette d'amour
    • Classical clarinet
    • Chalumeau
    • Flute
    • Oboe
    • Bassoon
  • Percussion
    • Timpani
    • "Turkish music":
      • Bass drum
      • Cymbals
      • Triangle
  • Keyboards
    • Clavichord
    • Fortepiano (the forerunner to the modern piano)
    • Piano
    • Harpsichord, the standard Baroque era basso continuo keyboard instrument, was used until the 1750s, after which time it was gradually phased out, and replaced with the fortepiano and then the piano. By the early 1800s, the harpsichord was no longer used.
  • Brasses
    • Buccin
    • Ophicleide – replacement for the "serpent", a bass wind instrument that was the precursor of the tuba
    • French horn
    • Trumpet
    • Trombone