n. A musical genre that combines elements of both pop and classical music.
The music ought to be called popsical: classical melodies with pop trappings, sometimes in pop arrangements. Popsical's drippy sweetness has been a financial boon for classical labels that expect hardly anyone to enjoy a whole opera.
—Jon Pareles, “A Dulcet Tenor's 'Popsical' Debut,” The New York Times, June 05, 2002
Meet violinist, conductor and heartthrob, the Dutch-born Andre Rieu. His waltz, march and polka mix has sold 5 million records and has bridged the gap between pop and classical audiences - hence the term "popsical."
—John Petkovic, “Timeout,” Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), April 22, 1998
1998 (earliest)
The music she plays isn't really pop, and it isn't quite classical. It's popsical.
—Yahlin Chang, “Cross Over, Beethoven” (photo caption), Newsweek, April 20, 1998
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