Essay on Difference of Ideals Between 19th and 20th Centuries

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Difference of Ideals between 19th and 20th Centuries

There are many ideals that occurred over the 19th and 20th centuries. These ideals covered many genres of music from piano music, orchestral pieces, to operas. The composers of these times tried many different techniques and styles making a lasting impression on the Romantic era of music.

Some of the most influential composers during the 19th century that we discussed were Franz Schubert, Hector Berlioz, Frederic Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Carl Weber, Richard Wagner, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Modest Mussorgsky, and Peter Tchaikovsky. Schubert composed in all genres but the concerto. He was best known
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Rossini and Verdi were linked to Weber and Wagner although they were composers of Italian opera. Rossini composed well known works including The Barber of Seville and Verdi composed well known works including Otello. Liszt composed hundreds of piano pieces. Along with his piano works, he composed in all other genres. Liszt is well known for his development of the Gypsy scale. Brahms composed in all genres as did many of these other composers and left a lasting impression on many. Bruckner had many progressive trademark features in his symphonies. Mussorgsky composed many pieces and in them he created virtually no tone through imitation of speech. Tchaikovsky introduced the ballet and strengthened the connection between music and character and used the technique of celesta.

All together, these composer’s and the music they composed started smaller and more intimate. Thanks to Schubert, the song became a genre. Orchestras started to get popular and Operas flourished in Europe. With Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, his works began to explore new ways for symphonic music to be dramatic. Mendelssohn expanded his compositions to more modern approaches while Schumann’s symphonies show similar stylistic elements. German operas in the beginning of the 19th century did not have a lot of difficulty. With Weber and Wagner introducing new dramatic elements and musical drama, the German opera’s traditional form was in the

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