Classical music's history stretches way back to the mid 1500s, but the practice of composing and performing classical music is still a part of our musical canon today. While classical music's popularity has decreased throughout the 1900s, the music - often explicitly complicated, long, and instrumental, continues to influence musicians today, and symphonic music can be seen in almost every major city on a regular basis. Classical music tends to utilize symphonies with woodwinds, brass instruments and more, but can be pared down to just a few instruments.