History of Classical Music

Nationalist Music

(Romantic 7)
Until the Romantic period, most composers regardless of their nationality, borrowed musical styles from Germany, France, and Italy. A new trend called nationalism inspired composers to incorporate native folk songs and styles into their music. Russia was the leader of the Nationalist movement, with composers such as Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Borodin, Modeste Mussorgsky, and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

A Czechoslovakian composer, Antonin Dvorak relied heavily on folk tunes and popular dance rhythms, such as the furiant and dumka, in his symphonies and chamber music.

Piotr Tchaikovsky
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Sample Works:

MIDI Example Die Moldau from Ma Vlast (My Country) by Bedrich Smetana
MIDI Example Flight of the Bumblebee by N. Rimsky-Korsakov
MIDI Example Slavonic Dance No. 5 in A (Op.46 No.5) by Antonin Dvorak


Vltava (Moldau), MIDI sequence by Nobuo Sugimura
    from Classical MIDI Connection
Flight of the Bumblebee, MIDI sequence by Joshua Kaufman
    from Classical MIDI Connection
Slavonic Dance No. 5 in A, MIDI sequence by David Siu, M.D.
    from Classical MIDI Connection

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