Romantic Period Classical Music

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“To say the word romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.” Charles Baudelaire. The Romantic era in classical music symbolized an epochal time that circumnavigated the whole of Western culture. Feelings of deep emotion were beginning to be expressed in ways that would have seemed once inappropriate. Individualism began to grip you people by its reins and celebrate their unique personalities and minds. Some youth began to wear their hair long, their beards scraggly and unkept, and their clothing was inspired by the outlandish and the flamboyant. Music morphed from a once tangible aural stimulant into music marked by its decent into the depths of human emotions most of which were not rational. Classical music became a stream of consciousness, a vehicle to convey their countless emotions. In the Romantic Period, music now voiced what, for centuries, people had been too afraid to express. The culture, the composers, and the music of the Romantic era changed classical music profoundly. The Romantic era classical music manifested itself as a time of the irrational and peculiar, a time that allowed many people the opportunity to express their inmost convictions through the music.
The culture of the Romantic Period marks an era shrouded in astonishing and rapid change, socially and economically. In Europe, between the years 1825 and 1900, enormous technological developments occurred. With the Industrial Revolution full force, the inventions of railroads and steamboats satisfied an insatiable desire for speedy travel and transportation of goods. Photography was changing the way in which history was...

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The Romantic Period existed as a testament to the epochal changes that occurred between the years of 1825 and 1900. Culture was colored by the changing of ideals and moral principles, music was composed to capture the frailty and fallibility of human emotion, and composers of this age allowed themselves to be guided by their emotions and injected these powerful feelings into their works. Music was no longer a means to convey class and refinement; music had become a vehicle by which composers could rid themselves of sophistication and instead express their deepest feelings and thoughts often cloaked by the twelve, humble semi-tones that make up all Western music ever written. The Romantic culture, the Romantic music, and the Romantic composer could be considered subversive as they served to reinvent classical music for the rest of time.

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