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Romantic Period - Music from 1820 to 1900

If the Classical Period is the parent, then the Romantic Period is its unruly teenager. Known for breaking the rules of Classical Period composition and structure, the Romantic Period explores the use of large ensembles, extreme emotion, and wild orchestration. Let these resources help you discover the composers, repertoire, and history of the Romantic Period.
  1. Romantic Period Symphonies (3)

Quintessential Mahler Music
Here are a handful of great recordings of Gustav Mahlers most famous classical music performed by some of the worlds most esteemed orchestras and singers.

Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights
Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev's ballet, Romeo & Juliet, is a very famous classical song used in all kinds of media. Learn more about Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights.

Best of the Romantic Period
Share your thoughts and opinions on the best classical music from the romantic period.

10 Things About Gustav Mahler
Learn ten things about the romantic composer, Gustav Mahler.

Bel Canto during the Romanitc Period
Learn about bel canto during the romantic period of classical music.

Erik Satie's 6 Gnossiennes
Composed in the 1890's, Erik Satie's Six Gnossiennes have become favorite pieces of music to many people. Learn about the creation and facts about Erik Satie's Six Gnossiennes.

Gretchen am Spinnrade Text and Translation
The English translation of Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade.

Strauss' Voices of Spring Waltz
Notes and background information on the Voices of Spring Waltz by Johann Strauss II.

The Nutcracker Ballet
During the holiday season, one ballet is performed throughout the world - you guessed it - The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker has been enchanting audiences from adults to children for over a century now. Many ballet companies perform The Nutcracker annually, creating a holiday tradition for thousands of families.

Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain
The story behind Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain is spooky indeed. Find out why this song is a Halloween favorite.

Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D. 929 (Op. 100)
A beautiful, sublime trio for piano, cello, and violin.

Notes on Suite Bergamasque
Notes on Debussy's Suite Bergamasque including Clair de lune.

Advice on Mahler from the Classical Music Forum
Read the advice the users on the Classical Music Forum are giving about Gustav Mahler. You'll find it very interesting and extremely helpful.

Schubert Quintet in A Major, “Trout”
Here’s an in depth study of the structures and harmonics of Schubert’s well known “Trout” Quintet.

The Biedermeier Culture - The Rise of the Middle Class and the Related Works...
The Biedermeier period in 18th century Vienna had a profound impact on the works of composers such as Schubert. This article discusses the rise, causes and result of the Biedermeier period.

Romantic Period Music
This site gives a thorough analysis of the Romantic Period.

Romantic Music
You may want to turn your sound off before going to this site. You will find some useful facts about Romantic Period music.

Romantic Period Composers and Music
A great resource for Romantic Period composers and their music.

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
Premiering in 1882, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture has been used to celebrate USA's Independence Day. In fact, Tchaikovsky's own score calls for the use of the cannon! Learn more about the 1812 Overture and the truth of its meaning.

Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words
Mendelssoh's Songs Without Words are a collection of short melodic songs for piano that are quite lovely. Songs Without Words has many famous...

Romantic Period Classical Music Playlist
The romantic period of classical music features thousands of classical works. And though its impossible to list them all, I've compiled a short list of "must have" classical works from the romantic period.

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