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An Era Filled With Heartfelt Emotion

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From the years 1850-1920, composers began to dwell less on the technical stuff in music and began to concentrate more on feeling. When composers like Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak tried to express themselves in their music was the time of the Romantic Era. In this period of time composers creatively tried to play a thunder storm or a sun rise. Frederik Chopin did an amazing job of melodizing natural occurrences that one can see every day. The Romantic Period has allowed composers to loosen the time differences between the bar lines and express their hearts and thought through music.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s compositions are believed to have brought about the romantic era ("The Era of ...view middle of the document...

”” Brahms’s amazing compositions were not always disliked, a German celebrity named Hans von Bulow coined the phrase “the three B’s: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (David Pogue and Scott Speck, 52). This saying added a lot of pressure to Brahms but he carried the burden well. He was very critical and made sure that every piece of music published was perfect. He published his first symphony when he was forty-one. Johannes Brahms gave his best to the world and was honored because of it.
Two of Brahms’s famous music compositions were Symphony No. 3 and 4. His Symphony No. 3 was written in the summer of 1883 at Wiesbaden. His Symphony No. 4 was completed in 1885. Symphony No. 4 consisted of four movements. Each movement averaged about 275 measures. These pieces of music were diligently looked over for years. Brahms romanticized these pieces and when they are played they are pleasing to the ears of many listeners.
On September 8, 1841, Anna and Frantisek Dvorak had their first of eight children. This child, Antonin Dvorak was to be one of the most celebrated composers of his day. His parents were not extremely wealthy as Frantisek was the local butcher and inn keeper of Nelahozeves. At an early age Antonin’s father taught him to love music. When Antonin was twelve, his father sent him to school in a nearby town. In this town, young Antonin met other musicians who encouraged and taught him (Jane Smith and Betty Carlson, 154). Although Frantisek was advised to keep his son in school and was told that Antonin was, “extraordinarily full of promise.” However, he ordered his son to come home and learn the family trade of being a butcher. It is recorded that these years were the hardest years of Antonin’s life. Fortuitously, Frantisek finally recognized his son’s grief and sent him to Prague to attend an organ school. Antonin’s early years were extremely trying for him, but he finally found peace with himself in 1873 when he married a contralto singer named Anna. It was during these happy years that Antonin discovered that he could compose beautiful music besides just playing it. In 1874, Dvorak wrote an opera which did not end up becoming a success. But, after three extra months of hard work, he his opera was performed and this time he was given world fame. Dvorak traveled the world performing and composing beautiful Romantic music. He...

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