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The term "classical music" did not appear until the early 19th century, in an attempt to "canonize" the period from Johann Sebastian Bach to Beethoven as a "golden age".
The term classical music originates from the Latin term classicus, meaning taxpayer of the highest class.
Slowly after making its way through the French, German, and English languages, one of the earliest definitions of the word meant “classical”.
Today, one of the ways Merriam-Webster defines classical is “of, relating to, or being music in the educated European tradition that includes such forms as:
The Classical period(1730 – 1820) established many of the rules of: