The Romantic Period
The late eighteen century brought the departure from the strict exacting of the classical styles to the more intimate and emotional styles of the Romantic Period. Study up on this period when you get the chance because the compositions here will touch you like no others in musical history. It was a revolution of the arts. Composers dreamed of embellishment. Performers earned a new musical understanding.
Love is the answer. The answer is love.
Romance was in the air and in the concert hall. It was music of emotion, music that sent wave upon wave of rushes through the listeners’ as well as the performers’ senses by way of chords with tones at intervals in changes of key that felt as if composed to do just that. The Romantic composers knew just what music was about.
In order to achieve what he believed and felt, the Romantic composer had to convey his understanding to the performers by emphasizing the crucial need of musical expertise in the now expanding orchestra. It wasn’t more of the precision attempts of the Classical acts. It was an era of personal expression with true heart. There was a need to feel, not only from the composers but by the performers too which was and is the path to audience understanding. The goal and intent were purely noble, capturing the audience by touching the listener.
Romantic performers felt the same as the composers of the time. While the composer conveyed the intent to the members of the orchestra, the performers themselves got it, understood it, and felt like they had to get inside the listener. Without the Romantic performers, music might never have really sent any message at all. Resultant were sound combinations which sent chills straight into the human soul. A new kind of tear fell that day. Not one of sorrow but one which touched and called to a part inside of us all that we needed to hear. We feel. We wonder. We love. It worked.