The Romantic Period
About 1800 - 1910
You are listening to “Slavonic Dance #9” by Antonin Dvorak
CA. State Standards
Visual and Performing Arts - Music
Grades Seven & Eight
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT
3.0 – Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural
Dimensions of Music
DIVERSITY OF MUSIC
3.3 – Identify and describe distinguishing characteristics of musical
genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
3.6 – Classify by style and genre exemplary musical works and
explain the characteristics that make each work exemplary.
Goals and Objectives
Write definition and key terms
Identify new vocabulary
Students will be able to remember:
What the Romantic Period was
Approximate dates for the period
Effects of the period on today (relevancy)
Have you ever wondered why the music that YOU like
to listen to is so different from what your parents
like to listen to?
Music, just like people
changes. Our tastes and
interests change over
time, and each
generation builds on, or
rebels from, what they
THE TIMES THEY
ARE A CHANGIN!
1980’s 1970’s 1960’s 1940’s – 1950’s
You have been learning about different
historical periods of music.
Can anyone name some of them?
And what period are
we learning about now?
DEFINITION: The Romantic Age
A period of European art, literature, and
music – characterized by innovation,
extremes of feelings and passions, nostalgia
for the past, awe of nature, and nationalistic
words to look for
narrative Virtuoso musicians
exploits Bel Canto Opera
chivalric Verisimo Opera
speculation Themed music
What do you think of, when you think
of the word:
NEW CONCEPT: Alternate Meanings
Alternate meanings for the word include…..
1) A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal,
as of something adventurous, heroic, or
2) A long medieval narrative in prose or verse that tells of
the adventures and heroic exploits of chivalric heroes:
ie: an “Arthurian” romance.
3) A long fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary or
mysterious events, usually set in a distant time or place.
4) The class or style of literature/art/music consisting
of such tales.
5) A fictitiously embellished account or explanation: We have
been given speculation and romance instead of the facts.
You will see a chart in your packets
that looks like this…..
CLASSICAL CHARACTERISTICS ROMANTIC CHARACTERISTICS
PUTTING IT TOGETHER…..
The “Romantic Period” was a complete
opposite approach to the “Classical Period”
that came before it.
Classical Period Characteristics
Order & Organization Romantic Period Characteristics
Reason & Intellectualism
Balance Freedom from Restrictions
Rules Extremes of Emotion
Freedom of Expression
Rules are meant to be broken
It was a complete
revolution in music,
art, literature and
Styles & Innovations:
Story telling New Musical Instruments
Heroes/Mythology saxophone – tuba -
Rise of Virtuoso Musicians
Romance & Tragedy
piano – violin – voice
folk music Bel Canto Opera
folk tales/myth/legend “beautiful voice”
Germans, Russians, Verisimo Opera
Norwegians, East “intense / violent emotions”
Awe of Nature
narrates a story
beauty and truth in nature
Influence of Sigmund Freud
Some Famous Romantic Composers
Ludwig Van Beethoven Georges Bizet
Richard Wagner Richard Strauss
Antonin Dvorak Louis-Hector Berlioz
Edvard Grieg Claude DeBussy
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Gabriel Faure
Johannes Brahms Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Georges Bizet Gustav Mahler
Felix Mendelssohn Niccolo Paganini
Frederic Chopin Sergei Rachmaninoff
Giuseppe Verdi Franz Schubert
Gioacchino Rossini Giacomo Puccini
Franz Liszt Vincenzp Bellini
What do you think of when you think
So Why Is This Period So Important?
More changes occurred to music and musicians during
this period than any other.
Music from the Romantic Period is used more than any of
the other of the classical periods of music in movies, tv,
video, and modern media.
If it hadn’t been for the innovations of this period, we
would not have the modern music we enjoy today.
THE ROMANCE COMPOSERS AND ARTISTS
MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE!
You probably don’t realize it, but you
know many of the famous works from
In The Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Greig
The Sleeping Beauty Waltz by
Pyotr Il’Yitch Tchaikovsky
Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Or Maybe THIS will ring a bell!
The William Tell Overture
by Gioacchino Rossini
And where have
you heard this before?
REVIEW -- CHECK IT OFF!
Vocabulary – terminology
What was the Romantic Period?
When was the Romantic Period?
Some famous composers?
Some famous music?
Why is it important to today?
Vocabulary / Key Terms
Write definitions and examples for each word
Using your notes, fill out the Fact Chart
Projects: Choose one
1) Create a Poster demonstrating what you know about the
2) Create an illustrated timeline of the Romantic Period
3) Create a poster illustrating a composer from the Romantic Period.
Note: This must include personal data, dates, and accomplishments
and a favorite example of their music
4) Create a written report on The Romance Period itself, an important aspect
of the period, important composer, or significant composition.
5) Prepare an oral presentation or a multimedia presentation that can be
shared with the class. It can be on any topic associated with the Romantic
Period, including favorite composers or pieces of music.
(Ex. A power point presentation or a video presentation with
pictures an sound.)