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).
The Medieval era in Europe lasted from about 400 to about 1500, fifth through fifteenth centuries.
The Renaissance era in Europe comprised the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
The Baroque era in Europe and America lasted from the early seventeenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century.
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.
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.
From the middle of the 20th century to the present.