Questions tagged [romantic-period]

Romantic music is a term denoting an era of Western classical music that began in the late 18th or early 19th century. Examples of composers in this era includes: Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

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Where to find modern Romantic style piano composers? [closed]

I've been enjoying Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Rach and other composers in the Romantic style, specifically piano solos and occasionally trios. I particularly like Chopin's Ballades, Nocturnes and ...
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A romantic era piece has a baroque era title: how does one determine the style?

J. Danbé's "Petite Gavotte" (ca. 1888) for violin and piano seems to be baroque mainly because of the title, "Gavotte", which was a common baroque dance. But I can't find any ...
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Are German lieder usually flexible re male or female singers?

I've been listening to a lot of Schubert lieder - it's a form I'm learning more about. Are lieder vocals generally non-gender specific? It seems that there can be either a male or female vocal on the ...
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Liszt Petrarch Sonnet 104

While reading my Italian edition of Petrarch's sonnets, I noticed that Sonnet 104, one of the three Liszt took inspiration from for the pieces in Années de pèlerinage, is not the famous one that is ...
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Ludwig van Beethoven “complete” 722 works in Chronological Order

It is known that "The compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven consist of 722 works". However, only about 138 of these works have Op opus numbers. about 228 (till WoO 228b) have WoO numbers. (...
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Playing symphonies by e.g. Rachmaninoff or Mahler using string instruments with gut strings (like more Baroque styled instruments)?

I was listening to some performances from Netherland's "All of Bach" group that performs Bach works on Baroque instruments. I quite liked the sound of the strings, and I thought that it ...
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Why do some people not recognise Gilbert & Sullivan as part of classical music? [closed]

Though G&S have influenced and helped start musical theatre, I'd still consider them part of classical, they reflect romanticism in their work and have everything an opera from the other composers ...
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What are the characteristics of Late Romantic Russian Music?

I've been recently listening to some late Romantic Russian music (Lyapunov, Kalinnikov, Tchaikovsky, etc.) and was wondering how best to mimic this style. So far, I've observed a handful of shared ...
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English translation of Brahms' essay: “Octaven und Quinten”?

I am now doing some research on Brahm's essay, Octaven u. Quinten. I cannot read German, so I cannot do anything with the original manuscript. I have read some secondary sources about this essay, but ...
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Meaning of the words “Recitativo” and “tutte le corde” in music?

I am trying to understand Romantic music. I came across this extract from Beethoven's Piano Sonata op.110 from the Allegro man non troppo part. I want to understand what the words "Recitativo" and "...
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What is this particular type of chord progression, common in classical music, called?

I don't know anything about music theory but I am a fanatic when it comes to listening to classical music. For a while I have been curious about a type of chord progression which is very common in ...
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What are some nice/clever ways to introduce the tonic's dominant seventh chord?

I'm in C minor and want to modulate to its subdominant key of F minor. One way to do this is to introduce the tonic flat seventh chord C-E-G-B♭, which is the dominant seventh chord of F minor. ...
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Combining forms to make a new musical form

Has there ever been a composer between Baroque and early Romantic periods (within piano literature) who created a new form based on a combination of previously separate forms into a new iteration or ...
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Should I practice some J.S. Bach for piano technique and where should I start?

I want to know if playing J.S. Bach would improve my overall piano technique. I look for pieces that help me to become better. I usually play romantic composers. I have played pieces such as Chopin'...
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Did Beethoven really usher in the Romantic Period?

Most people argue that because Beethoven kept pushing the boundaries further and further on sonata form and dissonance that he started the Romantic Revolution. On the other hand, I have heard a few ...
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Dampers in 19c fortepianos

I recently listened to performances at the 1st International Chopin Competition of Period Instruments, and I noticed that the chords in the fortepianos used there (manufactured in the early 19th ...
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Comments of Chopin's contemporaries on his playing

I am researching about the kind of style Chopin himself would have had by drawing inferences from sources such as recordings of the 2nd generation pupils of Chopin and the comments of contemporaries ...
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In the baroque period, did soloists play all the way through concertos?

In most recordings of baroque concertos that I've heard, the soloist plays straight through without stopping, especially in the first movement. While there are marked solo sections where the soloist ...
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What is the musical form of Saint-Saens Danse Macabre?

My first ("blind") guess was that it is in rondo form with two themes, but when I performed analysis, it somehow doesn't fit any form that I can think of. This is what I figured out: intro a b a' a ...
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Break from conventionality in Mahler Symphony no. 1

In the Wikipedia article for Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, in describing its structure, a paragraph ends with The usage of F minor for the last movement was a dramatic break from conventional ...
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Developments in musical form in mid-nineteenth - early-twentieth century music

I am now studying new approaches to harmony in the Romantic and Impressionistic eras, but I haven't seen anything about formal functions. It seems like even if they were still using Sonata form (...
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Piano music - should I truly not use the sustain pedal in places not marked so?

This is especially rampant in romantic piano music and later. There are places that pedals are marked, and places where they are not marked. I understand if it's a predominantly staccato passage when ...
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“Romantic Harmony” example; Why does it work?

I was reading some of Ted Greene's work and came across this PDF http://www.tedgreene.com/images/lessons/chords/RomanticHarmony.pdf In it, he goes from a vi6 chord (this 6 doesn't mean first ...
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Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions?

Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions? I'm very curious, since his compositions are extremely difficult, and I've only seen a few pianists who were able to play these compositions. ...
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Why is Vivaldi's Seasons not the start of the Romantic Era?

Vivaldi's Seasons premiered in 1725 and directly express, well, the seasons. Wikipedia even adds In addition to these sonnets, Vivaldi provided instructions such as "The barking dog" (in the second ...
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Circumflex in classical guitar notation

Playing a piece called "Romanze" by Johann Kaspar Mertz (from one of the Bardenklänge books), I noticed there is a circumflex written next to some chords: The excerpt is taken from page 6 (IMSLP ...
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Was Isaac Albéniz a Romantic?

I'm a big fan of Isaac Albéniz and I love classical guitar. As a big classical guitar fan, I obviously love Baroque music and I love Flamenco as well. I am not the biggest fan of Romantic music and ...
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La Campanella double sharp?

In La Campanella by Liszt, in the running passage which I added a photo off, shouldn't the highest note (which I marked with an arrow) be a G because the F double sharp gets carried over? In all of ...
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Chord analysis of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 Movement 1 mm 86

I need help in analyzing the chords of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 measure 86. In the snippet below, the measure is encapsulated by a green box. . Score is from and can be found here. EDIT : ...
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Is Warsaw Concerto a piano concerto?

My brother is entering a competition, which the final round requires a performance of a Piano Concerto of any era. My brother is looking for an emotional and powerful piece. I recommended a late ...
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How does the performance of “rubato” differ in the classical and romantic styles?

In the movie Amadeus, there's a scene of a chamber orchestra where the conductor uses a large pole and pounds the floor to indicate downbeats in a strict time. And in earlier music, such as Bach ...
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Is there a piece of music that “inaugurated” Beethoven's middle period, and thus the Romantic era?

Since Beethoven's early works are considered part of the Classical era, and his later works are considered part of the Romantic era, is there, by scholarly consensus, a single piece of his that ...
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What is bad about Roman Numeral Analysis?

I have studied Roman numeral analysis in my theory courses, and I think that it's a good way of describing and understanding classical music, especially that of the classical and early romantic ...