Romantic Period: Quick Reference
September 29, 2008
The Romantic period refers to a time in music history extending from about 1815 to 1910. While the Romantic period does not have to do with romantic love, the passionate and expressive nature of romantic love served as the theme for many works composed during this period. The Romantic period follows the classical period, and preceeds the modernist period.
The most notable composers of the Romantic period include late Beethoven, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, and Johannes Brahms.
The Romantic movement believed that not all truths are not self-evident, that there were realities that could only be expressed through emotion and intuition. Romantic music sought to increase the expressive power of music to describe these deeper truths, while preserving the formal structures developed during the classical period.