Good Rule of Thumb
So much makes sense now!
My roommate taught me a neat trick, which she learned from a book called Thief of Happiness, for identifying music from the 17th-19th centuries:
If it sounds like people bowing formally to each other, it's baroque.
If it sounds like people sitting in a cafe eating fabulous pastries, it's classical.
If it sounds like people falling in love or joining the army, it's romantic.
Try it. History of Music made easy!
(And I bet you thought this blog was only about dating and Israel!)