MUS100 – What Makes It Romantic

The term “Romantic” has a different meaning from the usual understanding of it when we talk about music history. Listen to the fourth movement of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.*

  • What is Romantic (with a capital R) about these two pieces?
  • How does the composers’ use of the (Romantic) orchestra support the meaning of the music?

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