Romantic Epoch Quotes
"Rousseau wrote:"I am not made like anyone I have seen; I dare believe I am not made like anyone in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different." This statement might well be taken as the slogan of the Romantic Movement. It is the creed of subjective individualism."
"Ordinary man found for the first time in history, that he had a right to express his own opinions, to reveal his own emotions, and especially to exercise his own imagination."
"A belief in the restorative powers of nature."
"In literature the period was marked by the development of the novel and an emphasis on lyrical poetry."
"There is much wild beauty in the poems."
"The Classicists wanted their mature laid out in regular patterns."
"Burns wrote ...in his own Lowland dialect."
"Burns is loved because of his passion for freedom and his emphasis on the dignity of the humble working man."
"Sir Walter Scott re-created the past in adventure stories marked by vividness of detail, and sometimes a poignant melancholy."
"This collaboration of writers, painters, and musicians is a very important aspect of Romanticism."
"The industrial revolution practically wiped out hand craftmanship."
"Opera houses were likely to be built in the Baroque style and city-halls, post offices, and school buildings in the Classic style of the eighteenth century."
"Helen [of Troy] is the symbol of classical beauty." --(Goethe's Faust)
"[Mendelssohn] turned to Classical music for inspiration."
"Schumann's works are more like fantasies, sometimes violent, sometimes dreamy, but always beautiful of melody, and warm with emotion."
"[Brahms] fought to discipline his romantic dreaming and yearning by strict symphonic logic."
"The Romantic movement demanded and attained individual liberty for the artist."
"Beethoven celebrated two other aspects of Romanticism--the love of nature, and of the common people."
"Mendelsshohn's music was marked by an adherence to Classical forms."
"[music and art] exhibit the Romantic interest in literary forms and ideas."
"Verdi..identified himself with Italy's struggle to rid herself of foreign domination."
"Nationalism [in music] took two major forms: an increasing awareness among composers of the characteristics of the folk music of their countries, and a resistance to the monumental influence of Wagner's music and the predominance of German music in general."
"It was a time of turbulent emotions."
"The common man emerged."
"They yearned for the distant past and distant lands."
"Romanticism was the overflow of emotions."
"Architecture of by-gone eras was often imitated."
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