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Ch 5: 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 5: The Romantic Period in Music
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Characteristics of Romantic Era Music: Emotion & Dynamic Contrast

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

Music in the Romantic era used several techniques to evoke an intense emotional response from its audience. Explore the characteristics of Romantic music, and discover how composers used emotion and dynamic contrast to maximum effect.

Nationalism in Romantic Music: Heritage & Pride of Romantic Composers

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

Nationalism played an essential role in the music of the Romantic era. Explore how Romantic composers wove their heritage and national pride into their work, explore musical nationalism, and learn about political, patriotic, and national music.

Connections Between Romantic Music and Art

3. Connections Between Romantic Music and Art

Romanticism was an artistic movement of the 19th century. Learn to define the Romantic movement and its trends in music and art, explore emotional subjectivity, review contemporary events and a rise in nationalism, then discover the realms of nature, fantasy, and exoticism.

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

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

The Romantic era composers included musicians like Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and others who made different contributions to this movement. Learn about the early, middle, and later Romantic era composers.

Paganini & Rossini: Italian Romantic Composers

5. Paganini & Rossini: Italian Romantic Composers

Niccolo Paganini and Gioachino Rossini were well-known composers from the early Romantic era in Italy. Explore the lives and musical accomplishments of Paganini, a violin virtuoso, and Rossini, an opera composer.

Wagner, Schubert & Schumann: German Romantic Composers

6. Wagner, Schubert & Schumann: German Romantic Composers

Richard Wagner, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann were German Romantic composers who made valuable contributions to this era of music in different ways. Explore the definition of German Romanticism and the biographies of these three musicians.

Tchaikovsky, Chopin & Mussorgsky: Eastern European Romantic Composers

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

Eastern European nationalist composers Frederic Chopin, Pyotr Iliyich Tchaikovsky, and Modest Mussorgsky were influential contributors to the Romantic era of music. Learn more about Eastern European romantic composers.

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