Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion & Dynamic Contrast


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One way that Romantic era composers wanted to connect with their audiences was through creating emotionally-charged instrumental music. How did the composers do this?

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1. How is dynamic contrast defined?

2. Which of the following dynamic terms means to play loud and then suddenly soft?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Romantic era was a period in the 19th century affecting literature, art, and music. These assessments address important information about the music of the Romantic era. Some things you'll be tested on in the quiz are the defining characteristics and the techniques used in composing Romantic music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The emotion of Romantic music
  • Dynamic contrast
  • Relevant musical terms
  • The effect of more flexible musical forms
  • The orchestration of Romantic music

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - check your recollection of essential information about music of the Romantic era, including its defining qualities, orchestration and musical techniques
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you understand definitions of terminology from the lesson, such as dynamic contrast
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of Romantic era music to answer the assessment questions about loose and flexible musical forms

Additional Learning

To learn more about the music of the Romantic era, review the corresponding lesson called Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion and Dynamic Contrast. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The Romantic Era
  • Music and emotion
  • Dynamic contrast
  • Famous examples of Romantic music