The Romanticism era originated in the second half of the 18th century in Europe and was strongly reflected in visual arts and music. The pieces that resulted from romanticism were always very emotion-oriented. Musicians and artists loved to focus their works on subject mat

ter that provoked feelings of fear, dread, awe and uneasiness. They liked to make their audience have to thoroughly observe their work in order to understand it. Sometimes, artists would base their pieces off of poems or lyrics that inspired them. The arts during the Romanticism era promoted folk art and ancient custom to something noble, and made spontaneity a desirable characteristic.

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According to some, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven are considered the three "Romantic Composers" of the time period. Mozart and Haydn can normally be considered to be Classical musicians, but Beethoven is represented as one of the starters of the Romantic period music. Piano Forte. -->

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Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis (1820)

Also at this time there was a raise in the popularity of folk music and iron frames for pianos and wound metal strings were created for string instruments. These new innovations were helping to create louder dynamics, more varied tone colours, and the potential for sensational virtuosity.

Here are some examples of what the music from the "Romantic" time period sounded like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ9FgtZ0ZU0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g11H7IaTHZ4&feature=related




- Lisa Arnold.