Romantic / Choir 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  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Various  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Max Reger  ·  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ·  César Franck  ·  Charles Gounod  ·  Stephen Foster  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  César Cui  ·  Reynaldo Hahn  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Max Bruch  ·  Anton Bruckner  ·  Anton Rubinstein  ·  Arthur Sullivan  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Josef Gabriel Rheinberger  ·  Edward MacDowell  ·  Joachim Raff  ·  Arthur Foote  ·  Charles Villiers Stanford  ·  Franz Abt  ·  Carl Loewe  ·  George Whitefield Chadwick  ·  Amy Marcy Beach  ·  Felix Draeseke  ·  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor  ·  Vincent d' Indy  ·  Anatoly Lyadov  ·  Niels Gade  ·  Carl Nielsen  ·  Peter Cornelius  ·  Agathe Backer-Grøndahl  ·  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ·  Ignaz Brüll  ·  Hans Leo Hassler
Instruments Choir
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