A loose expression for European and American music of the more serious kind, as opposed to popular or folk music.
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How to use classical music in a sentence
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.
Since filming the show, however, her relationship with classical music has obviously changed.
So she was an aficionado of classical music, for soundtracks or otherwise?
And it goes beyond getting my teeth drilled at the dentist office—my dentist really likes classical music.
But contemporary classical music has changed, and the field is now spawning many appealing and genre-bending works.
In our mess-room, likewise, we enlivened the time with classical music, without which life on a U-Boat would not bear thinking of.The Voyage of the Deutschland | Paul Knig
A deaf old gentleman approvingly remarks that this is really classical music.
In those days Ireland was truly one with England, in appreciation of high classical music.
Ashton Howard says the same people who like classical music buy old china and wear false hair.John Leech, His Life and Work. Vol. 1 | William Powell Frith
So we thought we would rest ourselves by playing something slow and really classical—for all classical music is slow, you know.Dot and Tot of Merryland | L. Frank Baum