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Clara Schumann is regarded as one of the most famous and successful female composers of the Romantic Era. Who, however, were her contemporaries? Her predecessors? Her successors. Lets take a quick look at the history of women in classical music! … Continue reading
German lied (Ger: “song”, plural lieder) is – at its most basic – German poetry set to music, typically of the romantic era, spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Lied can be considered the German language equivalent to English … Continue reading
19th Century Germany, as the Schumanns and Brahms experienced it was a time of great change which culminated in the unification of the German state in 1871.
To understand romanticism as it applies to music, we first need to take a look at romanticism from a broader perspective. The Oxford Dictionary of Music traces the origins of romanticism to early nineteenth century literature as an “antithesis of … Continue reading