Series 2 – Reaction, Revolution & Romanticsm

Many of the ways in which we listen to music, behave in concert halls and treat our performers and composers were formed during the Romantic period. This series looks at how influential this period was in forming our modern musical experience.

1. Why Romanticism?

How is the 19th century different from all other periods in history; socially politically and musically? How has it influenced our appreciation of music today?

2. Beethoven vs Napoleon

Beethoven’s life and musical output mirrors the turbulent times in which he lived. How instrumental were these events in shaping Beethoven the man and the music?

3. The Rise of the Virtuosi

The free market of the 19th century gave composers a lot more liberty than in other periods. Why then did some of the great composers become superstars whilst others barely made a living?

4. Concert Etiquette

Concert going completely changed in the Romantic period. How and why did these changes occur and how have we been influenced by them?

5. Nationalism

Nationalism was a very important aspect of the Romantic period with many countries vying for independence. What influence did music and nationalism have on each other?

6. Romantic Opera

Unlike the 20th century, Opera in the Romantic period had many different forms with very strict criteria. What were these different forms?

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