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Instrumental Music of the Romantic Era

Music Listening Today Charles Hoffer Chapters 24,25
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Jennifer Brown

on 15 July 2013

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Transcript of Instrumental Music of the Romantic Era

Symphony
Romance and Romanticism
Subjects:
Heroic person or event
something far away and strange
something imaginative & full of wonder

1820-1900
Instrumental Music
http://library.thinkquest.org/15413/history/history-rom-inst.htm
The End
short work
prelude
http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/textr/rubato.html
Liszt - La Campanella

Chopin - Raindrop Prelude
Clara Schumann - Scherzo Op 10
Chopin
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
a virtuoso
wrote a lot of transcriptions
sensational artist and composer
Liszt
"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."
-Frédéric Chopin
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
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-composer/robert-schumann.aspx
Golden Age of the Piano
“In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.”
-Robert Schumann
Concert overture
Incidental music
Tone poem
Program symphony
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
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-composer/hector-berlioz.aspx
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-composer/richard-strauss.aspx
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-composer/piotr-ilyich-tchaikovsky.aspx
Romantic Piano Music
song-like
ballade
berceuse
nocturne
Character pieces
to develop technical skill
etude
spontaneous, free, playful
impromptu
fantasia
scherzo
Berlioz symphonie fantastique, mvmt 5
Strauss - Excerpt from Eine Alpensinfonie
Chopin
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