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List and describe five (5) musical elements, or particular stylistic aspects, characteristic of the Romantic era.

  1. List and describe five (5) musical elements, or particular stylistic aspects, characteristic of the Romantic era.
  2. Based on the textbook reading and the lecture, as well as your own research, how would you describe the role of women during the Romantic era? How is it different from the Classical era? How did the opportunities for women in music change in the Romantic period? Be sure to mention names of female musicians and composers.
  3. Refer to Chapter 40 – Listening Guide 31:

-After listening to Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s At the River, from The Year (Das Jahr), identify what best describes its texture, form, and expression.

  1. How did the physical (military) revolutions and the Industrial Revolution influence society, the music scene, and musical instruments in the 19th century?
  2. Refer to Chapter 39 – Listening Guide 30:

-After listening to Chopin’s Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 (Military), identify what best describes its rhythm/meter, harmony, and texture.

  1. Compare and contrast “program music” and “absolute music.” Give and describe specific musical examples. 
  2. Refer to Chapter 41 – Listening Guide 32:

-After listening to Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, IV (March of the Scaffold), identify what best describes its melody, harmony, and expression.

  1. Why was opera an ideal vehicle for nationalism and exoticism? Give and describe specific musical examples. What innovations did Richard Wagner bring to the world of opera?
  2. Describe the original function of spirituals, as well as what happened to the music once it had been performed in concert. Do you think the songs are still “spirituals” in your opinion?
  • Make sure to use your own words when posting your responses. DO NOT simply rely on quotes of exact sentences or paragraphs from the textbook, but digest the information! 
  • Be sure to exercise your critical thinking skills and compose your responses using your own original style of writing.
  • Be sure to compose complete paragraphs developing your ideas and analysis. “One-word” or “one-sentence” answers will not be sufficient in this course.


~Research 3 Websites related to any of the topics and/or concepts that you found interesting and that we have covered in Lesson 4.

~For proper credit, provide the URL and then compose a brief description and summary of the information you learn from each Website.

Listening Guide:

~Refer to Listening Guide (LG) numbers:

  • LG 27 – Schubert: Elfking (Erlkonig)
  • LG 28 – Robert Schumann: “In the lovely month of May” from A Poet’s Love (Dichterliebe), No. 1
  • LG 29 – Foster: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair 
  • LG 30 – Chopin: Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 (Military)
  • LG 31 – Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: September: At The River, from The Year (Das Jahr) 
  • LG 32 – Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, IV & V
  • LG 33 – Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • LG 34 – Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46, excerpts
  • LG 35 – Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, III
  • LG 36 – Verdi: Rigoletto, Act III, excerpts
  • LG 37 – Wagner: Die Walkure (The Valkyrie), Act III, Opening and Finale
  • LG 38 – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Two Dances
  • LG 39 – Puccini: “Un bel di,” from Madame Butterfly, Act II
  • LG 40 – Faure: Libera me, from Requiem, Op. 48
  • LG 42 – Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Spiritual)
  • LG 43 – Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

~Listen carefully to the compositions above as you pay close attention to these musical elements:

-Melody – Rhythm – Harmony – Texture – Form – Expression

-Performing Forces

~Categorize each of the compositions above into a particular musical genre.

~ Choose three (3) to analyze specifically.

~Critically examine and explain one (1) of the musical elements mentioned above that you find outstanding or representative for each of the three (3) compositions you selected.

~Compose a full paragraph for each of the three (3) compositions describing your impressions, analysis, thoughts, and ideas. Be sure to use musical terms, vocabulary, and concepts you have learned so far in this class.

~Click-on Videos-Lesson 4.  

  • Watch the videos associated with this lesson.
  • After you have viewed the videos associated with the lesson, choose three (3) to analyze specifically and explain their significance regarding the topics found in this lesson. Why did you choose them, and what did you find interesting? Why and how so?

You can find these three videos on youtube .

(Franz Schubert – “The Trout” Quintet (Theme and Variations: Andante)

(Franz Schubert – “Der Erlkönig” (Lied)

(Clara Wieck-Schumann – “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7” – (I) Allegro maestoso



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