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WHAT IS ROMANTIC PERIOD OF MUSIC?




ROMANTIC PERIOD ~1800-1900


Expressive and inventive. Expansive symphonies, virtuosic piano music, dramatic operas, and passionate songs took inspiration from art and literature..


Main features of romantic period of music are:


  • Thicker sonorities, with significant use of the sustaining pedal in piano music

  • Wide dynamic range and dramatic contrasts

  • Rich harmonies and expressive use of chromatic notes

  • Flexibility of tempo, including use of rubato

  • Phrases tending to be less regular and predictable in length

  • Freedom of form and design

  • Wide keyboard range


Some composers to listen to:


BRAHMS


CHOPIN


DVORAK


ELGAR


GRIEG


LISZT


SCHUMANN


TCHAIKOVSKY


The following stylistic hallmark given for the romantic period shouldn’t be

considered as exclusive or comprehensive description.


This stylistic hallmark should be considered in combination with other styles, as clearly many of them can apply to music of any period.

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