The Evolution of Music (P. 5/6, the Romantic Era).

The Romantic Era took place between 1785 & 1850. The late 18th Century involved a lot of socio-political revolutions. Along with the newly established social changes, the composers of the period revealed new forms of music.

The Romantic music explored the depths of emotion. Along with most forms of art at the time, they were interested in telling stories of unrequited love, heroes, & distant lands.

The Romantic artists are also known for naming themselves & being identified by this name.

The early Romantics were: Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann, & Felix Mendelssohn.

Composers searched for inspiration through different mediums. They looked into their indigenous history & legends. Some looked toward the literature of their countries, like Italians. Others found ideas in German folk stories.

The most famous Italian opera was by Giuseppe Verdi.

& Germany was taken over by Richard Wagner.

A common trait in this genre was the effort to represent their birthplace & be inspired by their nation’s music.

In the later years of the Romantic Era, old instruments were remodelled & new ones were invented. This led to further enrichment of sounds in their symphonies, concertos, & ballets.

In this late stage of the Romanticism, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky & Johannes Brahms stood out.

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Stay curious,



P.S. Featured image: Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, by Caspar David Friedrich, 1818.

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