Romanticism

Romanticism - the canon(“masterpieces,” “value”...

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Romanticism (1800-1900) Characteristics - personal style, cult of the individual common themes 1. supernatural 2. nature 3. nostalgia 4. love - breaking down barriers between the arts - Lied - program music —piece of instrumental music that seeks to recreate in sound the events and emotions portrayed in some extramusical source - Gesamtkunstwerk - breaking rules - revolutionary sentiments (Beethoven and the French Revolution; Berlioz 1830; Wagner 1849; Verdi and Italian unification) - artist-genius - innovation—harmonic (increased chromaticism and prolonged cadences); formal - concert life - more public concerts meant an expanding public - patronage of the arts moved away from the aristocracy toward the middle class
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Unformatted text preview: - the canon (“masterpieces,” “value”) Style Traits- rubato —“robbed” time; free treatment of tempo in performance - ex. R. Schumann Carnaval , “Eusebius” - long, drawn-out melodies - ex. Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet and Berlioz Symphonie fantastique- harmony—chromatic, prolonging / avoiding cadences (ex. Wagner, Prelude to Tristan und Isolde ) - miniature / grandiose genres - Lied, piano miniatures (character pieces) - program symphonies, music dramas - thematic unity (coming from Beethoven) - ex. Berlioz Symphonie fantastique ( idée fixe ) - thematic transformation—a variation-like procedure applied to themes in the various sections of Romantic symphonic poems and other works...
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course MUAR 211 taught by Professor Donnelly during the Fall '08 term at McGill.

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