Romantic / Theatrical / Incidental music

The term 'Romantic music' denotes a period of Western academic music that lasted throughout most of the 19th century, framing itself in Romanticism, the European artistic and literary movement. Romantic music is often characterized as being a reaction to the contained elegance and purity of the Classical period, though the reality is far more complex. Romantic composers were often fascinated with several -often contradictory- subjects: Nature and man's constant struggle against it, everything supernatural and fabulous, the mythical past, the autobiographical and the heroic, the isolated genius, the future of mankind. Improvements in instrumental design and technique, and the growth of orchestras, expanded the possibilities for composers. The rise of the middle class and the emancipation of musicians from courts and patrons represented a change in the way music reached the society. Some of the Romantic composers took an interest in nationalistic music, expressing the state of turmoil that Europe suffered. Musical forms continued to develop: while symphonies became longer and more complex, short musical forms blossomed (such as Chopin's nocturnes). Interest in preservation of the music of the past grew, as well as the will to develop music beyond its current state in terms of form, harmony, counterpoint, etc.
Title Composer Form Instrument Ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 Felix Mendelssohn Theatrical / Incidental Orchestra
A Roland for an Oliver Henry Rowley Bishop Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Aladdin, Op.34 Carl Nielsen Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Andromaque Camille Saint-Saëns Theatrical / Incidental Orchestra
Angelo Reynaldo Hahn Theatrical / Incidental Orchestra
Antigone Camille Saint-Saëns Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Antigone, Op.55 Felix Mendelssohn Theatrical / Incidental Choir and Orchestra
Athalia, Op.74 Felix Mendelssohn Theatrical / Incidental Choir and Orchestra
Beau Brummel Edward Elgar Theatrical / Incidental Orchestra
Bühnenmusik zu Faust, Op.58 August Bungert Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Castra vetera Max Reger Theatrical / Incidental Orchestra
Das Rheingold, WWV 86A Richard Wagner Theatrical / Incidental Choir and Orchestra
Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde, Op.89 Felix Mendelssohn Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Die Hermannsschlacht, WoO 4 Felix Draeseke Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Dornröschen, Op.139 Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Elverhøj, Op.100 Friedrich Kuhlau Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Esther Reynaldo Hahn Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Germania, WoO 94 Ludwig van Beethoven Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Grania and Diarmid, Op.42 Edward Elgar Theatrical / Incidental Voice(s) and Orchestra
Hamlet (incidental music), Op.67a Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Theatrical / Incidental Orchestra