The Ideals Of Instrumental Music

At one point in the study of the Romantic period of music, we come upon
the first of several apparently opposing conditions that plague all attempts to
grasp the meaning of Romantic as applied to the music of the 19th century. This
opposition involved the relation between music and words. If instrumental
music is the perfect Romantic art, why is it acknowledged that the great masters
of the symphony, the highest form of instrumental music, were not Romantic
composers, but were the Classical composers, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven?
Moreover, one of the most characteristic 19th century genres was the Lied, a
vocal piece in which Shubert, Schumann, Brahams, and Wolf attained a new ...

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and others in the 19th century used the term,
is music associated with poetic, descriptive, and even narrative subject
matter. This is done not by means of musical figures imitating natural sounds
and movements, but by imaginative suggestion. Program music aimed to absorb
and transmit the imagined subject matter in such a way that the resulting work,
although "programmed", does not sound forced, and transcends the subject matter
it seeks to represent. Instrumental music thus became a vehicle for the
utterance of thoughts which, although first hinted in words, may ultimately be
beyond the power of words to fully express.
Practically every composer of the era was, to some degree, writing
program music, weather or not this was publicly acknowledged. One reason it
was soeasy for listeners to connect a scene or a story or a poem with a piece
of Romantic music is that often the composer himself, perhaps unconsciously,
was working from some such ideas. Writers on music ...

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Category: Music & Musicians
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