Revolution, Reaction and Romanticism

Many of the ways in which we listen to music, behave in concert halls and treat our performers and composers were formed during the Romantic period. This series looks at how influential this period was in forming our modern musical experience.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Why Romanticism? - How is the 19th century different from all other periods in history; socially politically and musically? How has it influenced our appreciation of music today?
  • Beethoven vs Napoleon – Beethoven’s life and musical output mirrors the turbulent times in which he lived. How instrumental were these events in shaping Beethoven the man and the music?
  • The Rise of the Virtuosi – The free market of the 19th century gave composers a lot more liberty than in other periods. This new era was not beneficial for all though, with some of the great composers becoming superstars whilst others barely made a living.
  • Concert Etiquette – Listening to music changed in the Romantic period. More people were able to attend operas and concerts which affected the social norms of the day and in turn have influenced how we listen to music today.
  • Nationalism – Nationalism was a very important aspect of the Romantic period with many countries vying for independence. Music was a vital part of this nationalist movement throughout Europe.
  • Romantic Opera – Opera in the Romantic period had many different forms with very strict criteria each often performed in their own specific opera house. What were these different forms and how did they influence society?


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Point out the major influences affecting the musical world in the Romantic period.
  2. List some of the contributions major composers had on the period from a social as well as musical point of view.
  3. Discuss the importance the Romantic period had on influencing the way we appreciate music now.
$192 Limited / $173

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17 Feb

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