History of Classical Music

Romantic Characteristics

(Romantic 1)

Overview of Classical Next (Instrumental)

Form
Types of pieces popular during this period were character pieces, concertos, dances, etudes and variations.
Harmony
There was a wide use of chromatic harmony, accidentals, diminished, and dominant sevenths and modulation to distant keys. Thick textures with full chords were popular.
Keyboard Instruments
The pianoforte (piano) was the instrument of this period.
Rhythm
Complex rhythms with two notes against three were used. There was also much syncopation.
Style
Expressive personal feeling, singing (cantabile) lines, varied accompaniment figures, varied phrase lengths and varied dynamics and tempos were popular.


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