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Instrumental Music of the Romantic Era
Transcript of Instrumental Music of the Romantic Era
Romance and Romanticism
Heroic person or event
something far away and strange
something imaginative & full of wonder
Liszt - La Campanella
Chopin - Raindrop Prelude
Clara Schumann - Scherzo Op 10
the poet of the piano
wrote almost exclusively for piano
"He came not with an orchestral army, as great geniuses are wont to come. He possesses only a little cohort, but it belongs to him wholly and entirely, even to the last hero."
-- Robert Schumann
wrote a lot of transcriptions
sensational artist and composer
"I am writing without knowing what my pen is scribbling, because at this moment Liszt is playing my études and putting honest thoughts out of my head. I should like to rob him of the way he plays my études."
both composers and pianist
He injured his hands and ruined his chances of becoming a virtuoso
Busy with home life and promoting Robert's compositions, she was not as prolific a composer as she might have been
Clara was a good friend of Brahms
Robert and Clara Schumann
Golden Age of the Piano
“In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.”
Instrumental music consciously associated with a non-musical idea
Program and Ballet Music
Development of Ballet
Developed in courts of France
Classical ballet strived for beauty
Modern dance seeks to be more natural and expressive
Romantic Piano Music
to develop technical skill
spontaneous, free, playful
Berlioz symphonie fantastique, mvmt 5
Strauss - Excerpt from Eine Alpensinfonie