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Romantic characteristics in Liszt's solo piano music

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Identify and describe Romantic characteristics in the solo piano music of one of the following composers. Illustrate your answer by referring to specific muscal examples. Chopin Schumann Liszt The word romanticism was first used to describe new ideas in pianint and literature, towards the end of the 18th century. However it was later taken up my musicians to describe the changes in musical style. Unlike Classical composers, Romantic composers aimed for a powerful expression of emotion, which would reveal their personal thoughts and feelings. Romantic is not only about the emotion of love but can also be about hate or death. Positive or negative feelings. Romanticism describes the expansion of formal stuctures within a compostion, making the piece more passionate and expressive. ...read more.

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The main characteristics of Romantic music in solo piano included a freedom in forn and design, empasis on lyrical, songlike melodies, adventurous modulation, richer harmonies with striking use of discords, bold dramatic contrasts, exploring a wider range of pitvh, dynamics and tone-colours. There was a vast variety of types of piece, ranging from songs and fairly short piano pieces to huge pieces which were very long in time structures because of recurring themes, that had dramatic and dynamic climaxes. The technical virtuosity from pianoist increased dramatically. Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher. He became famous throughout Europe during the 19th century for his skill as a performer. It was said that he was the most technically advanced pianist of his age. ...read more.

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The rythme inclues many underlying triplets. The melody is a flowing line of quarter and eighth notes and is always in the mid/upper range of the piano. The supporting triplet rhythms are always in the mid/lower range. The chord progression is very advanced, switching sometimes once every two measures. This shows how far Liszt was ahead of his time. The moving triplets and bright cadenzas give the piece a light, bubbly feel. The piece chows a Romantic love and gives the listener a window into Liszt's heart, which was a main characteristic of Romantic music. In conclusion I find that Franz Liszt composed many Romantic pieces for piano, and was a massive contributer to the Romantic era. ...read more.

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