ROMANTIC&IMPRESSIONISTIC - MUSIC 15 ROMANTIC ERA(1790...

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MUSIC 15 — ROMANTIC ERA (1790) 1825-1890 (1910) IMPRESSIONISM (1880 - WW2) ROMANTIC STYLE first appears in the last symphonies of Mozart and Haydn; Beethoven (a student of Haydn and Salieri, among others) straddles the Classical and Romantic Eras like the Colossus at Rhodes, evolving over the course of his early, middle and late periods of composition from one to the other. The word “romantic” has to do with romance, imagination, the strange and the fantastic; in music it applies to works where fantasy and imagination take on greater importance than the classical features of balance, restraint and good taste. Romanticism is in part a musical reaction to the socio-political revolutions that took place in France (1789) and the U.S. (1776, but not felt in Europe for some years), and also the literary revolution in Germany led by Goethe (his Faust opening up the possibilities of thought about immortality, transcendental sensual experience, and the forces of darkness). The position of the creative artist changed as well: he could now lead the way into this
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