Past Meetup

Piano Music of the Romantic Era (1800–1910)

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Romantic music is an era of Western classical music that began in the late 18th or early 19th century. It is related to Romanticism, the European artistic and literary movement that arose in the second half of the 18th century, and Romantic music in particular dominated the Romantic movement in Germany.

In the Romantic period, music became more expressive and emotional, expanding to encompass literary, artistic, and philosophical themes. Famous early Romantic composers include Beethoven (whose works span both this period and the preceding Classical period), Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Bellini, and Berlioz. The late 19th century saw a dramatic expansion in the size of the orchestra and in the dynamic range and diversity of instruments used in this ensemble. Also, public concerts became a key part of urban middle class society, in contrast to earlier periods, when concerts were mainly paid for by and performed for aristocrats. Famous composers from the second half of the century include Johann Strauss II, Brahms, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner. Between 1890 and 1910, a third wave of composers including Dvorak, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Puccini, and Sibelius built on the work of middle Romantic composers to create even more complex – and often much longer – musical works. A prominent mark of late 19th century music is its nationalistic fervor, as exemplified by such figures as Dvorák, Sibelius, and Grieg. Other prominent late-century figures include Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Rachmaninoff and Franck.

This recital is free to attend as an audience member, but an RSVP on this Meetup page is highly encouraged.

Would you like to perform for this recital? The performance fee of $20 goes directly towards our operating costs, allowing us to consistently bring you enjoyable, recitals for amateur pianists throughout the year. There is room on this program for eight pianists, and you must choose a composer from the Romantic Era. To perform, please click here ([masked]) to send an email to Naomi Hobbs ([masked]) and include the name of the piece(s), the composer(s) full name, and duration (up to 10 minutes). After confirming there is availability on the program, the next step is to use the yellow PayPal donation button at the bottom of our homepage ( to pay the $20 pay-for-play fee. Please note that due to a high demand of requests to perform, our Meetup members are permitted to play up to three recitals per year, a maximum of two consecutive events. Thank you for supporting AmateurPianists!