Romantic / Sacred Mass 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 Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Various  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Gioachino Antonio Rossini  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Max Reger  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  César Franck  ·  Charles Gounod  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  Louis Spohr  ·  César Cui  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Francisco Tárrega  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Anton Bruckner  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Gaetano Donizetti  ·  Arthur Sullivan  ·  Josef Gabriel Rheinberger  ·  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ·  Charles Villiers Stanford  ·  Charles-Marie Widor  ·  Théodore Dubois  ·  Carl Loewe  ·  George Whitefield Chadwick  ·  Giacomo Puccini  ·  Amy Marcy Beach  ·  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor  ·  Charles Dancla  ·  Adolphe Adam  ·  Orlando Gibbons  ·  Carl Nielsen  ·  Peter Cornelius  ·  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ·  Léon Boëllmann  ·  Saverio Mercadante
Instruments Chamber group  ·  Choir  ·  Choir and Instrument  ·  Choir and Orchestra  ·  Guitar  ·  Orchestra  ·  Organ  ·  Piano  ·  Piano 4 hands  ·  Solo Instrument and Piano  ·  Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra  ·  Solo voice(s)  ·  String Quartet  ·  Violin  ·  Voice(s) and Instruments  ·  Voice(s) and Orchestra  ·  Voice(s) and Piano
Forms Sacred Mass