A loose expression for European and American music of the more serious kind, as opposed to popular or folk music.
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Examples from the Web for classical music
Livny is a 64-year-old classical-music buff whose father raised him on the Wagner records he fled Germany with in 1935.What’s Behind Israel’s Unofficial Ban on Wagner?
June 20, 2012