Niccolò Paganini: Common Characteristics Of Romantic Music

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The music that I have chosen is D major Violin Concerto No.1, Op.6, composed by Niccolò Paganini. To gain a more complete understanding of the composition, first we need to check the background information of the composer. Paganini was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. [iii] That explains why the composition mainly uses violin throughout the whole composition. It was also noted that was one of the most famous classical music composers on the romantic era.

When I first listened to the song, I thought it was composed in D Major. However, when I kept on repeating the song again and again throughout the research, I found that it was actually one and a half tone higher. This song was not originally composed in D Major but
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Most composers embraced their passionate side and used music to express their deepest emotion about love, grief and tragedy. The common characteristics of romantic music is they all have the features of classical music, the rhythm was frequently changed in both tempo and time signatures; the texture was almost entirely homophonic. However, it was the industrial revolution that contributed to emphasis on aesthetic experience, people then looked forward to different emotion such as apprehension, terror, horroe and awe. In this way, composers especially Paganini, added more elements to the music, it was no longer just about love any more. The most distinct characteristics of this piece of music compared to music from the romantic period is there is giant leaps. In addition, the orchestra introduced more instruments like bass clarinet and piccolo, to add richer colour they added some percussion section like xylophones, drums, harps, and bells in it. It was always believed the bigger, the better at that period. This big change gave a stronger rhythm and hence led the audience to whole scenario like they were in the forest. Overall, this allows the audience to feel what the music actually

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