classic vs. classical

By | April 4, 2017
classic vs. classical
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
Jazz è un termine bianco per definire la gente nera. La mia musica è musica classica nera.
- Nina Simone
✓ I love classical music.
✗ I love *classic* music.
Adoro la musica classica.
Classical music is music that is considered to be of long-lasting value (for example, Mozart and Beethoven composed classical music).
Classical civilisations, languages, literature, poetry, etc. belong to ancient (for example Greek or Roman) cultures. For example:
✓ This building is the finest example of classical Hellenic architecture.
Questo edificio è l'esempio più bello dell'architettura classica ellenica.
A classic film, book or piece of music is considered to be one of the very best of its kind. For example:
The Godfather trilogy is a classic piece of cinema.
La trilogia Il Padrino è un classico del cinema.
Classic also means extremely typical or what we would expect in a particular situation:
✓ His success is a classic example of being in the right place at the right time.
Il suo successo è un classico esempio dell'essere nel posto giusto al momento giusto.
Classic cars are cars that are collectible/valuable because of their age. For example:
✓ He drives a classic Mercedes.
Guida una Mercedes d'epoca.

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