Classic FM Conversation: what is 'classical music'?

It's a term which is often used to mean different things, to different listeners - but if you had to define it, what do you think classical music is?

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Can film scores be considered classical music? Do you need to compose in a certain style of context for it to be this genre? Can a living composer be classical? Or is it simply a name which is meaningless?

After our Hall of Fame this year, we've had lots of interesting and lively discussion about different musical genres- particular video game music. The term 'classical music' is often used to encompass many styles of music over the past 1000 years. If you had to define it, what do you think classical music is? We'd like to hear what you think below...

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