Romantic / String Quartet 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 Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Various  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Gioachino Antonio Rossini  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Niccolò Paganini  ·  Alexander Borodin  ·  César Franck  ·  Stephen Foster  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  Louis Spohr  ·  César Cui  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Max Bruch  ·  Anton Bruckner  ·  Gaetano Donizetti  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Anton Arensky  ·  Josef Gabriel Rheinberger  ·  Joachim Raff  ·  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka  ·  Arthur Foote  ·  Édouard Lalo  ·  Charles Villiers Stanford  ·  Théodore Dubois  ·  Alessandro Rolla  ·  George Whitefield Chadwick  ·  Giacomo Puccini  ·  Frank Bridge  ·  Felix Draeseke  ·  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor  ·  Vincent d' Indy  ·  Charles Dancla  ·  Niels Gade  ·  Carl Nielsen  ·  Josef Suk  ·  Henri Vieuxtemps  ·  Anton Reicha
Instruments String Quartet
Forms Dance  ·  Fantasy  ·  Fugue  ·  Funeral Music  ·  Lullaby/Berceuse  ·  Minuet  ·  Octet  ·  Piece  ·  Polonaise  ·  Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue  ·  Quartet  ·  Quintet  ·  Rondo  ·  Sacred Mass  ·  Sonata  ·  Suite  ·  Theme and Variations