Romantic / Piano 4 hands 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 Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Jules Massenet  ·  Erik Satie  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Max Reger  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Georges Bizet  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  Carl Czerny  ·  Charles Gounod  ·  César Cui  ·  Moritz Moszkowski  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Reynaldo Hahn  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Stephen Heller  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Max Bruch  ·  Anton Bruckner  ·  Friedrich Kuhlau  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Anton Rubinstein  ·  Gaetano Donizetti  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Louis Moreau Gottschalk  ·  Anton Arensky  ·  Josef Gabriel Rheinberger  ·  Edward MacDowell  ·  Joachim Raff  ·  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka  ·  Arthur Foote  ·  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ·  Gabriel Pierné  ·  Édouard Lalo  ·  Anton Diabelli  ·  Mily Balakirev  ·  Carl Bohm  ·  Emmanuel Chabrier  ·  Jean-Baptiste Arban
Instruments Piano 4 hands
Forms Bagatelle  ·  Barcarolle  ·  Canon  ·  Canzona  ·  Caprice  ·  Dance  ·  Duet  ·  Etude  ·  Fantasy  ·  Funeral Music  ·  Galop  ·  Gavotte  ·  Impromptu  ·  Intermezzi  ·  Lullaby/Berceuse  ·  March  ·  Minuet  ·  Nocturne  ·  Opera / Operetta  ·  Overture  ·  Piano piece  ·  Piece  ·  Polka  ·  Polonaise  ·  Potpourri  ·  Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue  ·  Quadrille  ·  Romance  ·  Rondo  ·  Sacred Mass  ·  Scherzo  ·  Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation  ·  Sonata  ·  Sonatina  ·  Song  ·  Song Cycle  ·  Suite  ·  Symphonic Pieces  ·  Theatrical / Incidental  ·  Theme and Variations  ·  Transcription  ·  Waltz