Romantic / Dance 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.
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Popular composers Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Johann Strauss Jr  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  John Philip Sousa  ·  Erik Satie  ·  Gioachino Antonio Rossini  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Isaac Albéniz  ·  Max Reger  ·  Niccolò Paganini  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  César Franck  ·  Stephen Foster  ·  César Cui  ·  Jacques Offenbach  ·  Moritz Moszkowski  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  Mauro Giuliani  ·  Francisco Tárrega  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Stephen Heller  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Fernando Sor  ·  Pablo de Sarasate  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Louis Moreau Gottschalk  ·  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka  ·  Joachim Raff  ·  Arthur Foote  ·  Charles Villiers Stanford  ·  Anton Diabelli  ·  Théodore Dubois  ·  Mily Balakirev  ·  Dionisio Aguado y García  ·  Napoleón Coste  ·  Carl Bohm  ·  Emmanuel Chabrier  ·  Albert Ketèlbey  ·  Henri Wieniawski  ·  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor  ·  Percy Grainger
Instruments Chamber group  ·  Choir  ·  Flute  ·  Guitar  ·  Harp  ·  Open Instrumentation  ·  Orchestra  ·  Organ  ·  Piano  ·  Piano 4 hands  ·  Piano and orchestra  ·  Solo Instrument and Piano  ·  Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra  ·  String Orchestra  ·  String Quartet  ·  Violin  ·  Voice(s) and Piano  ·  Wind Ensemble  ·  Zither
Forms Dance