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Neoclassicism in music differs from Neoclassicism in plastic arts and writing: Neoclassicism in plastic arts and writing is a style that revives the imagery and forms of classical antiquity: the art movement that exemplifies this kind of neoclassicism had its peak in late 18th century France, and continued as one of the many neo-styles of the 19th century.
For music the case was different: at the end of the 18th century the "classical" style in western music still had to be defined (...in fact it was defined as the musical style of the 2nd half of the 18th century) - so at that time a neo-classical or neoclassicist style for music was impossible. Neoclassicism in music was only possible when the period of romantic music (which evolved from the classical era in music) drew to a close by the end of the 19th century: only at that time classical music could be rediscovered and lead to neoclassicist music.
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