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Romantic music came into its own at the beginning of the 19th century. Music from this era sounds almost boundless and free from any limitations of form. Much of this music is programmatic—that is, it is meant to describe something, perhaps a scene in nature or a particular feeling.

Featured Romantic composers include:

Georges Bizet
L'Arlésienne Suite
Farandole


Composed in 1872
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Anthony Bramall, conductor

Shows by Bizet include:
About Georges Bizet
Jewish Composers (for Chanukah)
Christmas Carols in Classical Music
Harmonic Texture in the Farandole
Firsts for the New Year

Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 5


Composed in 1869
Performed by Budapest Symphony Orchestra
István Bogár, conductor

Shows by Brahms include:
About Johannes Brahms
The Brahms Hungarian Dances
Hungarian Dancing
Classical Music Featuring Dances from European Countries

Frédéric Chopin
Polonaise in A Major
No. 1, "Military"


Composed in 1838

Idel Biret, piano

Shows by Chopin include:
About Frédéric Chopin
The Polonaise
Military Music
Famous Pianist-Composers

Antonin Dvorák
Slavonic Dance No. 7


Composed in 1878
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Zdenek Kosler, conductor

Shows by Dvorák include:
About Antonin Dvorák
Composers Who Visited America
Music Nationalism circa 1848
Other Musical Nationalism

Edvard Grieg
The Peer Gynt Suite
In the Hall of the Mountain King


Composed in 1875
Performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor

Shows by Grieg include:
About Edvard Grieg
Incidental Music
The Story of Peer Gynt
Other Scandinavian Composers
Halloween Music

Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Scherzo


Composed in 1843
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Anthony Bramall, conductor

Shows by Mendelssohn include:
About Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Music Based on Shakespeare
Child Prodigy Composers
Women Composers

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Promenade


Composed in 1874
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Daviel Nazareth, conductor

Shows by Mussorgsky include:
Music from Russian Operas
About Modest Mussorgsky
The Mighty Handful
Pictures at an Exhibition
Halloween Music

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Gnomes


Composed in 1874
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Daviel Nazareth, conductor

Shows by Mussorgsky include:
Music from Russian Operas
About Modest Mussorgsky
The Mighty Handful
Pictures at an Exhibition
Halloween Music

Jacques Offenbach
Orpheus in the Underworld
Can-Can


Composed in 1858
Performed by Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee


Composed in 1899
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Bramall, conductor

Shows by Rimsky-Korsakov include:
About Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Russian Operas
The Bees and the Birds
Composer Teachers and their Students

Gioachino Rossini
William Tell Overture
Finale


Composed in 1829
Performed by Zagreb Festival Orchestra
Michael Halász, conductor

Shows by Rossini include:
Famous Finales
About Gioachino Rossini
The Story of William Tell
Overtures
Weather in Music

Franz Schubert
Marche Militaire


Composed in 1822

Balazs Szokolay, piano

Shows by Schubert include:
Firsts for the New Year
About Franz Schubert
Take Me to Your Lieder
Music for Piano Four Hands
Marches Not Written for Bands and Parades

Robert Schumann
Album for the Young
The Happy Farmer


Composed in 1848

Rico Gulda, piano

Shows by Schumann include:
About Robert Schumann
Clara Schumann
All in the Musical Family
Music for the Harvest Season

John Philip Sousa
The Stars and Stripes Forever


Composed in 1896
Performed by Richard Hayman and His Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hayman, conductor

Shows by Sousa include:
I Love a Parade!
About John Philip Sousa
About "Stars & Stripes"
American Military Bands
The Golden Age of American Bands

Johann Strauss Jr.
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka


Composed in 1858
Performed by CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra
Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker
Russian Dance


Composed in 1891
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Shows by Tchaikovsky include:
Carnegie Hall
About Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ballet
The Nutcracker
Traditional Christmas Classical Music

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker
Waltz of the Reed Pipes


Composed in 1891
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Shows by Tchaikovsky include:
Carnegie Hall
About Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ballet
The Nutcracker
Traditional Christmas Classical Music

Giuseppe Verdi
Aida
Triumphal March


Composed in 1871
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Oliver Dohnányi, conductor

Shows by Verdi include:
Famous Instrumental Music from Opera
What's an Opera?
About Giuseppe Verdi
The Story of Aida
What's it like to be an Opera Singer?

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