Frederic Chopin (05:03)
The Romantics in music and literature expressed their own voices--and cared less about shape and form. A performance of Chopin’s Polonaise in A-Flat is included. Biographical information about Chopin is provided.
Chopin: Virtuoso Pianist (03:41)
In Warsaw, Chopin taught himself to be a virtuoso pianist. Nearly all of his music is written for solo piano. Chopin's mentors were Bach and Mozart. Background performance is Polonaise in A-Flat.
Felix Mendelssohn (06:46)
The Los Angeles Symphony performs Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony (Finale) is included. The composer gathered inspiration from his travels.
Mendelssohn's Octet (03:57)
The scherzo of Mendelssohn's Octet was inspired by Goethe's "Walpurgis Nights." A portion of the Octet is performed. Close-ups of the musicians show their technical prowess.
Felix Mendelssohn: Oratorio (05:13)
Felix Mendelssohn was composing during a time of social and political change. In England, he was Queen Victoria's favorite composer. He revived the oratorio. It was music's job to transform the grim realities. A performance of “He, watching over Israel” from Elijah is included.
Robert Schumann: Solo Performance (02:10)
Married in 1840, Schuman wrote 140 songs, many of them masterpieces. A performance of Schumann’s “In the heavenly month of May” is included.
Schumann's Symphony No. 3 (05:29)
A performance of Schumann's "Morning on the Rhine" from Symphony No. 3 (‘Rhenish’) is included. The composer died at age 36. He had been confined to a mad house.
Johannes Brahms (02:01)
Brahms’ Lullaby is one of the most known and loved piece of music. A solo pianist performs this piece.
Brahms' Second Symphony (04:25)
Brahms moved to Vienna at age 30; he didn't compose his first symphony till age 40. The finale of Symphony No. 2 is performed.
Brahms' German Requiem (07:21)
A performance of Brahms' "Deutsches Requiem" is performed.
Brahms' Clarinet Quintet (01:26)
A performance of Brahms' Clarinet Quintet is included.
Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 (08:47)
Anton Bruckner was made out to be a competitor of Brahms. Instead, Bruckner thought Brahms' music was too conservative. His music is described as sincere, original, eloquent, and his themes were religious. Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 is included.
Credits: The Romantics (01:14)
Credits: The Romantics
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