Music In The 19th Century

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Examining the music of the 19th and the 20th century, we do realize that music was strongly intertwined with social, political, and cultural state of that time. For example, the start of the 19th century, which is typically noted for its intense political, social, and cultural upheaval was marked as beginning with the French Revolution in 1789 and ending with the passing of the Great Reform Bill in 1832, occurrences which exemplify the political zeal of the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth centuries as well as the resultant changes brought about in society. Romanticism bloomed as a reaction to the effects of the social transformation caused by the Revolution. Music was no longer under the control of the church, and was no longer exclusive to the aristocrats. People started to realize the potential in music and its ability to express deep feelings and ideas. Although we have seen many pieces linked to wars and conquests, written to celebrate victories and to keep spirits and morale alive in dark times such as Wellington 's Victory by Ludwig van Beethoven, or even Tchaikovsky 's 1812 Overture, we have to understand that wars also created unique antagonists who transform their empathy, concern, anger, and other emotions into poetry or prose. This was especially heard during the 1960s, in light of the Vietnam War. Coincidentally, during this period, technologies such as the AM radio, and the turntables were made easily available and affordable. While concerts still held

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