- Demonstrate knowledge of historical and cultural contexts of nineteenth-century music, including musical Romanticism and Nationalism
- Aurally identify selected genres of nineteenth-century music and their associated expressive aims, uses, and styles
- Aurally identify the music of selected composers of nineteenth-century music and their associated styles
- Explain ways in which music and other cultural forms interact in nineteenth-century music in genres such as the art song, program music, opera, and musical nationalism
- 6.4: Music of the Mendelssohns
- In terms of musical craft, few nineteenth-century composers were more accomplished than Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847). He would go on to write chamber music for piano and strings, art songs, church music, four symphonies, and oratorios as well as conduct many of Beethoven’s works as principal director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. All of his music emulates the motivic and organic styles of Beethoven’s compositions, from his chamber music to his more monumental compositions.
Thumbnail: Josef Danhauser's 1840 painting of Franz Liszt at the piano surrounded by (from right to left) Alexandre Dumas, Hector Berlioz, George Sand, Niccolò Paganini, Gioachino Rossini, Marie d'Agoult with Anton Dietrich's bust of Ludwig van Beethoven on the piano. (Public Domain via Wikipedia)