Week 6a - The Romantic Period Characteristic Forms The...

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11/6/2007 The Romantic Period: Characteristic Forms The Early Romantic Period [1820-1850] o Some large scale forms o Some small scale forms o Expansion both outward and inwards Interest in long, instrumental forces – orchestra Interest in looking inwards in self-reflecting and writing small intimate, solo music o Today: one large symphonic, one small piano, one small piano w/ voice accompanant o Cam out of: Classical: return to natural values, Mozart Symphony Clear cut sonata form Age of the Enlightenment, age of reasoning Beethoven Key transitional works to the Romantic music Deaf, music got inwardly romantic Not big change Change of composer’s emotions o Writers interested in exposition of feeling Idea of intense love Inaccessible longing Falling in love with someone you know you can’t have
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Trauma of failed romance Death and morbidity Contemplating suicide Grotesque, excess, bizarre things Supernatural, sublime things Emotional access after the restraint of the Classical Period (holding emotions in) now pouring them out o Interest in developing new forms Big grandiose and small, intimate inward o Authors Gerta’s Faust Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein o Instrumental music to convey emotions Orchestra was expanded during this period More woodwinds More drum instruments Continued interest in timbre and tone coloration Playing with something called the roubata Stolen time Means of playing of stretching the tempo Slowing down and speeding up to extend the piece Would’ve been very out of place in Mozart symphony
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The Symphony/Program Music Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) -
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