Romantic / Lullaby/Berceuse 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.
Popular composers Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Georges Bizet  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  Charles Gounod  ·  Reynaldo Hahn  ·  Pablo de Sarasate  ·  Louis Moreau Gottschalk  ·  Arthur Foote  ·  Mily Balakirev  ·  Amy Marcy Beach  ·  Sigismond Thalberg  ·  Josef Suk  ·  Eugène Ysaÿe  ·  Ignaz Brüll  ·  Émile Pessard  ·  Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson  ·  Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin  ·  Engelbert Humperdinck  ·  William Faulkes  ·  Sergei Taneyev  ·  Alfredo D'Ambrosio  ·  Theodore Akimenko  ·  Tor Aulin  ·  Edouard Chavagnat  ·  Homer Newton Bartlett  ·  Charles Samuel Bovy-Lysberg  ·  George Henschel  ·  Emanuel de Beaupuis  ·  Georges Bachmann  ·  Paul Colberg  ·  Mikhail Antsev  ·  Fidelis Zitterbart Jr.  ·  Charles Mortimer Wiske  ·  Auguste Cœdès  ·  Friedrich Baumfelder  ·  Édouard Broustet  ·  Georgy Bazilevsky  ·  Erika Bodom  ·  Fermin María Alvarez  ·  Vladislav Aloiz  ·  Hippolyte Barbedette  ·  Sextus Miskow  ·  Gerard von Brucken Fock  ·  Alfonso Cipollone
Instruments Chamber group  ·  Choir and Instrument  ·  Open Instrumentation  ·  Organ  ·  Piano  ·  Piano 4 hands  ·  Solo Instrument and Piano  ·  Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra  ·  String Quartet  ·  Violin  ·  Voice(s) and Instruments  ·  Voice(s) and Orchestra  ·  Voice(s) and Piano
Forms Lullaby/Berceuse