ChoralWiki:Musical eras

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A musical era is a generally recognized time period in which certain musical styles and forms develop. There are seven eras recognized at CPDL:


There are other concepts of musical eras. The general term early music is usually considered to cover the Medieval and Renaissance periods. To some, classical music may represent a broader range of times, "from roughly the 9th century to present times" (see Classical).

Medieval era

The Medieval era in Europe lasted from about 400 to about 1500, fifth through fifteenth centuries.

Renaissance era

The Renaissance era in Europe comprised the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Baroque era

The Baroque era in Europe and America lasted from the early seventeenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century.

Classical era

The Classical musical era in Europe and America is usually considered to be from the middle of the eighteenth century to the early to middle nineteenth century, although classical style works continued through the nineteenth century.

Romantic era

The Romantic era lasted through the nineteenth century, with some works continuing into the early twentieth century.

Early 20th century era

Usually considered to be the period between 1900 and mid-century.

Modern era

From the middle of the 20th century to the present.