hum204 final Mahmut Tosun 9186

hum204 final Mahmut Tosun 9186 - Tosun, M. Task: Musical...

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Tosun, M. Task: Musical and Artistic Life in Paris between 1830 and 1850 Pianist composers : Frederick Chopin and Franz Liszt Writers : George Sand, Ivan Turgeniev, Alfred de Musset and "Carmen"s creator Prosper Merimée Painter : Eugéne Delacroix In order to concentrate on the musical and artistic life in Paris between 1830 and 1850 the politic and social also the economic background of the Europe at that time interval has to be examined in detailed manner. During these years the artistic life in Paris as the most of the Europe, was in the movement of early Romanticism. The ideologies and events of the French Revolution, rooted in Romanticism, affected the direction it was to take, and the confines of the Industrial Revolution also had their influence on Romanticism, which was in part an escape from modern realities. Nationalism is another key term that is related with the Romantic era in terms of the French Revolution that affected the current movement. Another significant event of the time is the July Revolution of 1830 which give inspiration to the artists of that era. Walter Benjamin called Paris "the capital of the 19th century". As he suggests Paris has witnessed a lot of significant politic and social events that changed the history. In order to understand the amazing diversity of artistic expressions which Paris gave birth to, one needs to understand both the unique experience of this city and the financial, social and political experiments that it was host to. Since all the artists are affected from the current events taking place around and the consequences of the socio-political events that happened before, the movement of Romanticism occurred as a response to these events like French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and the July Revolution. The musical life in Paris between 1830 and 1850 can be examined in the light of the Romanticism criteria by considering the effects of French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and the July Revolution effects on artistic life, by evaluating the major works of the artists Frederick Chopin, Franz Liszt, George Sand, Ivan Turgeniev, Alfred de Musset and Prosper Merimée. If we ask anyone on the street: "what is Romanticism?" and we will certainly receive some kind of reply. Everyone claims to know the meaning of the word romantic. The word conveys notions of sentiment and sentimentality, a visionary or idealistic lack of reality. Yet we use the expression freely and casually "a romantic, candle-lit dinner". But literary historians and 1
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Tosun, M. critics as well as European historians have been quarreling over the meaning of the word Romanticism for decades, as Lovejoy's comment above makes abundantly clear. One of the problems is that the Romantics were liberals and conservatives, revolutionaries and reactionaries. Some were preoccupied with God, others were atheistic to the core. Some began their lives as devout Catholics, lived as ardent revolutionaries and died as staunch conservatives. The expression Romantic gained currency during its own time, roughly 1780-
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