Music - Orchestral Landmarks

romantic period, classical, 20th century and 1800-1830

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Romantic Period

Dates - 1830 - 1899

Composers: Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Wanger and Tchaikowsky


  • Portraying feelings and nature in their pieces. Wanted to show a contrast so used a wider range in dynamics.
  • Natural and supernatural ideas.
  • Music told stories
  • Sudden change in dynamics
  • More tempo changes
  • More colourful chords - make the harmonies more interesting
  • Music players could use to show off. VIRTUOSO
  • Bigger orchestras - extra woodwind and percussion
  • Larger range of texture, timbre and dynamics.
  • Lot of piano music.

Chopin - Raindrops Prelude. Mendelssohn - Fingle's Cave. Tchaikowsky - Swan Lake.

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Classical Era

Dates: 1750 - 1800

Composures: Mozart,Haydn.


  • Classical Orchestras mostly used string instruments
  • Clear, simple structure.
  • Blanced - 2 or 4 bar phrases
  • Uses both major and minor keys
  • Has an easy beat to follow
  • Tempo stays constant
  • One tune and accompanying chords.
  • Clarinets were invented in the classical period.
  • Composures wrote music for royalty and aristocrats, ie offical events, church services and entertainment. Music had to be approved by their employers.

Haydn - Clock Symphony. Mozart - Symphony No. 40

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