10/20/14 Romanticism: The Rock Star and the Emo Icon

Cinematic depiction of the Romanic Era:

Frédéric François Chopin, 1810-1849
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– Born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin. Polish by birth; lived in France from 1830 on.
– Lived in Paris, was friends with Franz Liszt
– Composed mostly for piano
– Gave 30 public performances during his lifetime; preferred the salon
– 10-year relationship with French writer George Sand
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Single-movement piano pieces:
Preludes
Etudes
Nocturnes
Waltzes
Mazurkas
Polonaises
Ballades

Prelude

Etude

Nocturne

Franz Liszt, 1811-1886
-Hungarian pianist & composer
-Wrote highly virtuosic piano music
-Lived in Paris, toured Europe frequently
-Wrote rhapsodies and “tone poems” for orchestra

Liszt young old

Wildly successful as a touring performer, inspiring a phenomenon that came to be called Lisztomania

Liebestraum: Dream of Love

Later in life, he became a Catholic priest!

Classical music in popular culture:

Rhapsody Rabbit


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