The Erlking

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Find the score Here,_D.328_(Schubert,_Franz)

Who rides here so late through night and wind?
It is a father with his small child.
He holds his son firm in his arms
He clasps him safely, he keeps him warm.

“My son, oh why do you look so afraid?”
“See Father, don’t you see the Erlking is there?
The Erlking, Erlking with crown and cloak?”
“My son, it’s a wisp of mist.”

“My dearest child, come, go with me!
all kinds of games I’ll play with you;
such lovely flowers bloom on the bank,
and my mother has many golden clothes.”

“My father, my father, and do you not hear,
What erlking promises sweetly to me?”
“Stay peaceful, oh stay calm, dearest child;
In leaves so dry there rustles the wind.”

“Will you dear boy, will you come with me
My daughters soon they will wait on you;
My daughters lead in…

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Robert Schumann Dichterliebe

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Robert Schumann

Here is the Score Lily and the Rose from Dichterleibe

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law to return to music, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
Schumann’s published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Kinderszenen, Album für die Jugend, Blumenstück, Sonatas and Albumblätter are among his most famous. His writings…

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Dvorak’s New World Symphony

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The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll „Z nového světa“), popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular in the romantic repertoire. In older literature and recordings this symphony is often indicated as Symphony No. 5. Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969.


This symphony is scored for an orchestra of the following:

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Richard Wagner Biography, with Aural and Score Analysis

TASK – Select a composer who interests you and do a post including Biographical info as well as an aural and score analysis of an excerpt one work.

English: Richard Wagner, Munich Slovenščina: N...


Born in Leipzig in 1813, Richard Wagner was one of the most influential composers of the Romantic Era. He was educated in Leipzig, and from early adolescence his love for music and theatre was clear. He was greatly influenced by his stepfather’s love of the theatre, and he believed that music and drama should be fused in opera, an idea that was to stay with him for the rest of his life. He was greatly influenced by Beethoven, and in 1831 he began to study composition with the cantor of St Thomas church. In 1833 he composed his first opera, Die Feen (The Fairies) that heavily imitated the style of Carl Maria Von Weber. During this period he wrote a number of his early operas, which showed none of the musical innovations Wagner was famous for. It was also during this period that he married Minna Planer, an actress with whom Wagner was to have a turbulent marriage. In 18389 the couple fled to Paris (illegally) to escape the debt Wagner had amassed, and it was here Wagner wrote The Flying Dutchman and Rienzi.

Rienzi was performed in Dresden in 1842 and was an immediate success, which lead to Wagner being appointed as the conductor of the Dresden Opera. He stayed here for 6 years, gaining a reputation as an excellent opera composer and conductor. During this period he wrote and staged Tannhauser, and wrote Lohengrin. When revolutions swept through Europe in 1848, Wagner became so caught up in the Dresden insurrection that he was eventually banished from Germany and spent the next 12 years in exile. While in exile he began to work on ‘Der Ring Des Nibelungen’, his epic opera cycle based on Nordic mythology. He began the libretto (Wagner wrote all his own libretti) in 1848 and did not finish the music until 1874. During this period he also wrote the passionate ‘Tristan und Isolde’.

In 1864 King Ludwig of Bavaria, a Wagnerian fanatic who erased all of his considerable debts and allowed him to complete ‘The Ring Cycle’. During this period Wagner fell in love with Cosima Liszt, daughter of Franz Liszt and wife to Hans von Bulow, Wagner’s favourite conductor and close friend. Shortly after Minna died, Wagner and Cosima were married. Wagner died in 1883, after completing his last opera ‘Parsifal’, at the age of 69.

Opera was the central focus of Wagner’s life, and he wrote 13, the last 10 of which are an integral part of international operatic repertoire. Some of his most notable compositions include ‘Tristan und Isolde’, ‘Die Meistersinger von Nuremburg’, ‘Lohengrin’, ‘Tannhauser’ and ‘The Ring Cycle’. Wagner composed little other music, however he did write a single symphony, ‘The Faust Overture’ and a number of choral works such as ‘Siegfried Idyll’.

Vorspiel; Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold is the first Opera from THE RING CYCLE, and premiered separately to the rest of THE RING CYCLE in Munich in 1869. The Vorspiel is the prelude to the work and extends over 136 bars which consist of simple configurations of the chord E-flat Major. This section represents the eternal, unchanging flow of the River Rhine, and is the best known drone piece in the concert repertoire.

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Romantic Music Introduction

Romantic Music Overview

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Romantic Period Sound

If you expect the music to have a regular, eight bar phrase, think again. It might have uneven phrases to throw you off course, like in Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony No. 8. If you thought the piece would end in the key it started in, it may well be that composers like Mahler jump to an unexpected musical ending, like in his Symphony No. 2. If in doubt, be prepared to forget anything and everything you previously thought about music, and expect to be surprised, intrigued, and amazed by the unexpected twists and turns of the Romantic period.
Composers embraced their passionate side and attempted to use music to express deep emotions like love, grief and tragedy, and simply found the rigid forms used by their musical forefathers too restrictive to convey these massive ideas. Don’t believe us? Have a listen to the vast expressive forces…

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