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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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The Romantics

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The Romantic movement—a reaction against the orderliness of 18th-century classicism and 19th-century industrialization—strove above all for self-expression. The Romantics composed for themselves and the new bourgeois audiences that now frequented concert halls and were acquiring pianos for their living rooms. Chopin’s A-Flat Polonaise is performed in Chopin’s house outside Warsaw, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms’ Requiem in the halls where they had their premiere performances. Contents include excerpts from: Chopin’s Polonaise in A-Flat, Prelude; Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony (Finale), Octet, “He watching over Israel” from Elijah; Schumann’s “In the heavenly month of May,” Symphony No. 3 (‘Rhenish’); Brahms’ Lullaby, Symphony No. 2, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Clarinet Quintet; Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. (58 minutes)

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL724

ISBN: 978-0-7365-5846-4

Copyright date: ©1982

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