Most often instrumental, light music is also sometimes called concert music or mood music. While it originates in the 18th and 19th century, the style of light music has been referred to as such since the end of WWII and the beginning of the 1950's. Since then, it has been flourishing as a specific style.
Considered to be especially played and appreciated in Western countries (Europe, US...), light music is so-called not only for its easy-listening side, but also because it is considered as less technical and much more accessible to a broader audience than other forms of music such as the symphony or the concerto.
Media such as the radio or the television have widely contributed to the success of the style, with for instance the BBC broadcasting light music on a regular basis in the mid-20th century. Examples of artists and composers typical of light music include Franck Pourcel, Percy Faith, Mantovani, Charles Ancliffe, Ronald Binge, Eric Coates, Frederic Curzon, Trevor Duncan, Robert Farnon, Adalgiso Ferraris, Ron Goodwin, Albert Ketèlbey, Billy Mayerl, Angela Morley, Ernest Tomlinson, Sidney Torch, Edward White, Charles Williams, Alberto Semprini, André Kostelanetz or Haydn Wood.