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Lesson 9A-The Romantic Period-Piano Music Short-essay Questions 1. Why was the wooden frame of the early piano unsatisfactory? Because the wooden frame could not stand the tension of heavier strings and therefore they lack power in tone. 2. Why was the piano such a coveted piece of equipment in middle-class homes in the nineteenth century? because it was useful as both a solo instrument and as accompaniment to a group of singers or instrumentalists. because unlike the string and wind instruments, melody and harmony could be performed on one instrument together *As pianos became more affordable, every aspiring middle-class home in the 19th century had to have a piano, both for family enjoyment and as a status symbol. 3. What is a "character" piece? To replace the rondo, sonata, and other forms, composers in the nineteenth century created many free, short forms that are often referred to as character pieces With its ability to project melodious and dramatic moods in a compact form, the character piece was the instrumental equivalent to the song.

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