The expression "classical music" embraces all of the so-called "learned" forms of music since the Renaissance. Today, the genre combines tradition with innovation. The timeless works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi still have their place on disk and on stage; in this century, however, avant-garde movements have broken from time-honoured classical conventions, and today's trend toward increased collaboration with pop, rock, jazz and blues circles reflects a desire to develop new audiences for classical music.
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