Romantic / Wind Ensemble 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 Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  John Philip Sousa  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Max Reger  ·  Charles Gounod  ·  César Cui  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  Friedrich Kuhlau  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Joachim Raff  ·  Théodore Dubois  ·  Napoleón Coste  ·  Carl Nielsen  ·  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ·  Anton Reicha  ·  Eduardo di Capua  ·  Amilcare Ponchielli  ·  Julius Fučík  ·  Sigismund Neukomm  ·  Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga  ·  Ole Bull  ·  Giulio Briccialdi  ·  Charles Wels  ·  Émile Bernard  ·  Blas María de Colomer  ·  Ruperto Chapí  ·  George Schleiffarth  ·  Johannes Frederik Frøhlich  ·  Oskar Böhme  ·  Victor Ewald  ·  Guillaume Balay  ·  Georg Carl Bohlmann  ·  Paul de Wailly  ·  Adrien Barthe  ·  Louis Théodore Gouvy  ·  Arthur A. Clappé  ·  Franz von Blon  ·  August Klughardt  ·  Henry Berger  ·  Friedrich Berr  ·  Karl Attrup  ·  Ireno Batista Lopes  ·  Josef Franz Wagner  ·  Maximilian Zorer
Instruments Wind Ensemble
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