History of Classical Music

Romantic Characteristics

(Romantic 1)

Overview of Classical Next (Instrumental)

Types of pieces popular during this period were character pieces, concertos, dances, etudes and variations.
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.
Complex rhythms with two notes against three were used. There was also much syncopation.
Expressive personal feeling, singing (cantabile) lines, varied accompaniment figures, varied phrase lengths and varied dynamics and tempos were popular.

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