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How to tell what period a musical piece is from

I was browsing the ABRSM website, and on the 2003 Chief Examiner’s Report I found this answer from a candidate:

Examiner: Is the piece Classical, Romantic or 20th Century?

Candidate: Romantic

Examiner: Why do you think that?

Candidate: Because it reminds me of my girlfriend and I love her so much!

That, my friends, is how to tell what period a piece is from.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) runs graded music examinations internationally. Periods, in music, refer to the time and style in which a piece was composed.

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