What counts as 'classical music'?
What does the term 'classical music' really mean? Does being played by an orchestra make music classical? What about film music? Crossover artists? Game music? With Tom Service.
As the BBC year-long season "Our Classical Century" launches, what do we actually mean by the term "classical music"?
By its narrowest definition it's essentially mid-18th to early 19th century music and yet it's usually used to mean much much more. So how is classical music defined these days? Is it a walled garden of a very distinct style, or can it embrace all sorts of things? Does being played by an orchestra make something classical? Is film music classical? Are crossover artists classical? Is game music classical? Questions, and possibly some answers, with Tom Service, plus thoughts from composer Max Richter and writer Charlotte Higgins.