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Ch 6: The Romantic Period in Music

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Watch online video lessons to learn about characteristics of Romantic era music and the works of its composers. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these music topics.

The Romantic Period in Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Freedom, experimentation and creativity are three words that can be used to describe the Romantic period in music. Melodies became the focus and emotions were prevalent throughout pieces written during this period. You'll learn about composers, styles and pieces from the era in this chapter. Discover what characteristics identify a piece as being from this period. An introduction to the various famous composers from this time is also part of the lessons. You've likely heard of many of the Romantic composers. Names like Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky probably sound familiar. By the end of this chapter, you'll have learned about:

  • The role of emotion and dynamic contrast in Romantic music
  • Nationalism's influence on Romantic composers
  • Romantic music vs. Romantic art
  • Italian Romantic composers
  • German Romantic composers
  • Eastern European Romantic composers

Video Objective
Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion & Dynamic Contrast Discover the different elements of Romantic era music.
Nationalism in Romantic Music: Heritage & Pride of Romantic Composers Explore how composers' heritage influenced their music.
Connections Between Romantic Music and Art Analyze how art and music from this period relate to each other.
Romantic Era Composers: Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovsky & More Study the different composers who became famous from this era.
Paganini & Rossini: Italian Romantic Composers Take an in-depth look at Paganini and Rossini.
Wagner, Schubert & Schumann: German Romantic Composers Learn more about Wagner, Schubert and Schumann.
Tchaikovsky, Chopin & Mussorgsky: Eastern European Romantic Composers Examine the work of Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Mussorgsky.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Romantic Period in Music
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.

Nationalism in Romantic Music: Heritage & Pride of Romantic Composers

2. 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.

Connections Between Romantic Music and Art

3. 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.

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.

Wagner, Schubert & Schumann: German Romantic Composers

6. 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.

Tchaikovsky, Chopin & Mussorgsky: Eastern European Romantic Composers

7. 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.

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