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Ch 7: The Romantic Period in Music: Help and Review

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The Romantic Period in Music chapter of this Music 101 Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the Romantic period in music. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the Romantic period in music.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Music 101 material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory music. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding characteristics and composers of music's Romantic period
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning music (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the Romantic period in music
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra music learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Romantic Period in Music chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Romantic Period in Music chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about the Romantic period in music. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Romantic period in music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics of Romantic era music
  • Heritage and pride of Romantic composers
  • Romantic music and art connections
  • Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Tchaikovsky
  • Italian Romantic composers
  • German Romantic composers
  • Eastern European Romantic composers

25 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Romantic Period in Music: Help and Review
Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion & Dynamic Contrast

1. Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion & Dynamic Contrast

This lesson gives a brief snapshot of two popular Romantic era trends: highly emotional music and dynamic contrast. Learn why composers liked using these techniques and how they were able to incorporate them into their music.

Connections Between Romantic Music and Art

2. Connections Between Romantic Music and Art

Romanticism was a 19th-century European movement that affected virtually all facets of the creative and performing arts. Learn about the connections between Romantic music and visual arts in this lesson.

Nationalism in Romantic Music: Heritage & Pride of Romantic Composers

3. Nationalism in Romantic Music: Heritage & Pride of Romantic Composers

Nationalism was a popular sentiment during the Romantic era and appeared in all art forms of the day, including music. This lesson will introduce you to some of the biggest nationalist composers of the Romantic era.

Romantic Era Composers: Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovsky & More

4. Romantic Era Composers: Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovsky & More

This lesson is like a 'Who's Who' of Romantic era composers. Learn about some of the most influential composers of European Romantic era and what makes them noteworthy.

Paganini & Rossini: Italian Romantic Composers

5. Paganini & Rossini: Italian Romantic Composers

Study of the Romantic era wouldn't be complete without taking a detour to the land of love and romance, Italy. This lesson looks at two famous Romantic era composers who were born and raised in Italy: violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini and opera composer Gioachino Rossini.

Tchaikovsky, Chopin & Mussorgsky: Eastern European Romantic Composers

6. Tchaikovsky, Chopin & Mussorgsky: Eastern European Romantic Composers

If you want to explore the lives and careers of major Romantic-era composers from the eastern side of Europe, this is the lesson for you! Learn more about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Frederic Chopin, and Modest Mussorgsky.

Wagner, Schubert & Schumann: German Romantic Composers

7. Wagner, Schubert & Schumann: German Romantic Composers

German-speaking composers dominated the European musical scene for centuries. This lesson looks at three very different Germanic composers from the Romantic era and explores some of their best-known works.

Antonin Dvorak: Biography, Music & Facts

8. Antonin Dvorak: Biography, Music & Facts

Czech composer Antonin Dvorak was enthusiastically patriotic, but also had a tremendous influence on American music and composers. Learn about his growing fame at home, his increasing popularity throughout Europe, and his time spent in the United States.

Art Song: Definition & Composers

9. Art Song: Definition & Composers

In this lesson, you'll learn about the art song and how it developed in the 19th century. Discover what makes this type of song unique and why so many composers wrote them.

Carl Maria von Weber: Biography, Works & Music

10. Carl Maria von Weber: Biography, Works & Music

Important in the development of German opera and a proponent of the ideas of the Romantic movement, Carl Maria von Weber was a pivotal composer. In this lesson we will discuss his life, his music, and his ideas.

Clara Schumann: Biography, Music & Compositions

11. Clara Schumann: Biography, Music & Compositions

In this lesson, you'll learn about the 19th-century pianist and composer, Clara Wieck Schumann. Read an overview of her dramatic biography, and learn about the style and genres of the music she composed.

Claude Debussy: Biography, Music & Facts

12. Claude Debussy: Biography, Music & Facts

In this lesson, you will learn about the dramatic life and work of the composer, Claude Debussy, who lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You'll read about some of his major musical influences and tempestuous relationships, as well as find out what was unique to his particular compositions.

Composer Johann Strauss: Biography & Music

13. Composer Johann Strauss: Biography & Music

Johann Strauss Jr. was an Austrian composer considered to be one of the most prolific composers of light music, particularly the waltz. This lesson will discuss highlights of his musical career, personal life, and enduring musical influence.

Composer Richard Strauss: Biography, Operas & Songs

14. Composer Richard Strauss: Biography, Operas & Songs

Richard Strauss was the last of the great Romanticists. Straddling the turn of the 20th century, he brought the Romantic period ideals into the modern age. This lesson will discuss his life and music, including operas, tone poems, and Lieder.

Felix Mendelssohn: Biography, Music, Compositions & Facts

15. Felix Mendelssohn: Biography, Music, Compositions & Facts

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) packed a lot of music-making into his short life of 38 years. In this lesson, we'll learn about the fast-paced career and life of this composer and European traveler, as well as some of his musical contacts and influences.

Franz Schubert: Biography, Music & Facts

16. Franz Schubert: Biography, Music & Facts

How does a short, pudgy man nicknamed 'the little mushroom' turn out to be one of the most influential giants of music history? Find out in this lesson about early Romantic Era composer Franz Schubert.

Frederic Chopin: Biography, Music & Facts

17. Frederic Chopin: Biography, Music & Facts

This lesson explores the career of composer, performer, and teacher Frederic Chopin and will focus on a few of his smaller compositions. Despite his short life, discover how Chopin came to be known as 'the poet of the piano'.

Gustav Mahler: Biography, Music & Facts

18. Gustav Mahler: Biography, Music & Facts

Gustav Mahler was an Austrian composer of large symphonies and song cycles. His troubled life led to great depth of musical expression. In this lesson we will learn about his life and his contributions to the symphonic repertoire.

Hector Berlioz: Biography & Music

19. Hector Berlioz: Biography & Music

Hector Berlioz was a French composer whose radical music was inseparable from his radical life-story. Read on to learn how this med school dropout helped influence a generation of composers to adopt a musical style called Romanticism.

Johannes Brahms: Biography, Music & Facts

20. Johannes Brahms: Biography, Music & Facts

Johannes Brahms, one of the Three B's, was a German composer of the late Romantic era. He was a prolific composer that wrote both instrumental and vocal music. This lesson will explore the life and music of one of the greatest classical composers.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Biography & Music

21. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Biography & Music

Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American virtuoso pianist and composer. He traveled extensively and became the first American pianist to achieve an international status. This lesson will discuss his life and music.

Maurice Ravel: Biography, Compositions & Music

22. Maurice Ravel: Biography, Compositions & Music

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer and arranger. Since he is better known for a single work, this lesson will help you discover some other great pieces he wrote and more about his life.

Modest Mussorgsky: Biography, Music & Facts

23. Modest Mussorgsky: Biography, Music & Facts

Modest Mussorgsky was a part-time composer who had little formal musical training but wrote several pieces that are still performed regularly. Learn about this unusual composer and briefly explore his most important works.

Robert Schumann: Biography, Music & Works

24. Robert Schumann: Biography, Music & Works

Often troubled and enigmatic, Robert Schumann is considered one of the greatest Romantic era composers. This lesson will look at his difficult life and the music he created.

The Moldau: Composer & Themes

25. The Moldau: Composer & Themes

The Moldau is a symphonic poem from the larger work ~'Ma vlast~' by Bedrich Smetana. In this lesson we will learn about the composer and the musical themes.

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