40 Romantic Era lecture

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Romantic Period To the Rescue by JMW Turner
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Principles of the Romantic Era Form rules relaxed (not eliminated) Emotion rather than reason Nationalism Stories depicted Nature viewed mystically (Rousseau) Exotic (foreign culture) Love of the past versus the future
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The Romantic  Artist/Composer/Writer Personal feelings of the artist became critically important The artist needed to suffer to be fully empowered The starving artist became idealized And then satirized
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Characteristics of Music Departure from Classical era Message in the music  Give a word description for each piece Haydn vs. Beethoven  Beethoven’s 5th in minor/major key Loss of power in the major Beethoven’s 5th in style of Haydn Loss of power Romantic music is felt not reasoned 
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Characteristics of Music Underlying themes carried throughout the  symphony Complete symphony viewed as a unit Folk songs incorporated for nationalism Longer symphonies  Orchestra grew in size  Use of strong dynamics Virtuosos 
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Romantic Music How does a composer communicate? Form Strength of the Classical Period Romanic Period strayed from strict form Story Beethoven’s 5th (symbolic story) Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (story notes) Tchaikowsky’s Romeo and Juliet (well-known story) Uncomplicated (short length) Chopin’s works
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Beethoven Bridged Classical and  Romantic periods Form used contextually Perfection was the goal  (compare number of symphonies  compared with Haydn) Motifs  Short semi-melodies or rhythms  carried out in modified form  throughout work
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This note was uploaded on 11/25/2011 for the course MFG 202 taught by Professor Davis,d during the Summer '08 term at BYU.

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