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Music: An Appreciation: An Appreciation, Brief 4/e
Roger Kamien, Hebrew University

The Romantic Period


The Romantic period was a cultural movement that emphasized individualism, emotion and imagination. As part of a rebellion against the age of reason, romanticists bucked established conventions in favor of free forms of expression. The aim of romantic artists was to expand horizons and capture the totality of human experience. Subjectivity, exploration of the emotions, fantasy and the irrational were all objects of fascination for the romanticists. The resources provided in this section provide more information on how this cultural movement was at play in music.