An Evening in the Romantic Period

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An Evening in the Romantic Period

<p>What makes music of the Romantic period sound romantic? Composers of the 19th century aimed to write music which put expression and beauty foremost, and succeeded in composing some of the most

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What makes music of the Romantic period sound romantic? Composers of the 19th century aimed to write music which put expression and beauty foremost, and succeeded in composing some of the most wonderful and accessible music of all time. Join us as we explore the music of Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others, and enjoy the lush, expressive music of the Romantic period. No musical knowledge is necessary.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • What makes music of the Romantic period sound romantic?
  • Social and historical background: Europe, 1820-1900
  • Musical genres of the Romantic period
  • Romantic Composers
  • Musical characteristics of the Romantic period: what composers were trying to achieve, and the methods they used to achieve it
  • Programme music: the music of life
  • Music and self-expression
  • Chopin: Preludes and Nocturnes
  • Virtuosos: Paganini and Liszt
  • Schubert: Songs and piano music
  • Brahms: German Requiem
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique