Romantiscism Essay

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Michele McRae HUM/266 Nancy Townsend 01/22/2013 Romantiscism Nationalism, an ideal of Romanticism as an artistic movement, became a central theme of Romantic art. It was one of the key vehicles of Romanticism, its role, expression and meaning. Romanticism emphasized feelings, emotions, mysticism and instinct, natural man vs. civilized man, and man vs. the supernatural. The Romantic Era was a period of great change and emancipation from the strict laws of balance and restraint imposed by the Classical Era. The Romantic Era moved away from the preceding era by allowing artistic freedom, experimentation, and creativity. These ideals were embodied in three different art forms music, classical dance, and literature. The first art form that embodied the Romanticism ideals was music. The music of this time period was very expressive, and melody became the dominant feature. Such composers as Chopin, Liszt, and Berlioz used this expressive means to display nationalism through new musical techniques, such as the length of compositions, new harmonies, and tonal relationships. These experiments with music came about to fit in with the current trends. Romanticism in music was characterized by an emphasis on emotion and great freedom of form. The symphonic poem was an orchestral work that portrayed a story or some type of artistic or literary background to it. Art song was another orchestral, vocal musical work with tremendous emphasis placed on the text, or the symbolical meaning of words within the text. Themes written to escape political oppression added an element of fantasy. The second art form that embodied the Romanticism ideals was classical dance. Classical ballet was about clean lines and precise movement. A flair for the supernatural enabled classical dance, or Romantic ballet to have had a style more fluid with a very light floating

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