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Title: Romantic Era Music

Romantic Era Music
Musical Overview
  • Dramatic, both light and dark
  • Three composers
  • Beethoven
  • Tchikovsky
  • Wagner

  • First composer to earn his living directly from
    his own work without being subsidized
  • Benefited from the emergence of the new upper
    middle class audience who bought tickets for
    Beethoven's concerts.
  • First Rock Star
  • Received money from
  • lessons
  • the sale of his compositions
  • public performances, Beethoven was able to
    survive if not to prosper.
  • Allowed him to express his extreme individualism,
    rejecting the role of artistic servant

  • Wrote operas, piano compositions and various
    chamber works, but he is chiefly remembered today
    for his 1812 Overture, Symphonies 4-6 and his
    popular ballet scores
  • Swan Lake
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Nutcracker
  • Much of his music reflects a sunny, celebratory
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, from the
  • The cannon from 1812 Overture
  • Russians (and Tchikovsky) were first to transform
    ballet into a truly exalted art

Richard Wagner
  • Revolutionized opera in the mid-19th century
  • One of the most important and influential figures
    in the history of opera.
  • Masterwork "The Ring of the Nibelung" or "The
    Ring Cycle,"
  • Strove to establish Germanic mythology as an
    equal of Greco-Roman mythology by using its
    stories as the basis of his works
  • "Ride of the Valkyries, memorably used to
    accompany a U.S. helicopter attack during the
    Vietnam War in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse
  • In the opera it is performed during the flight of
    the female warrior spirits known as "Valkyries.
  • Basis for Bugs Bunnys Whats Opera, Doc?
  • Elmer Fudds Killed the Wabbit