so many composers tried to break the mold but at the same time a lot of them reverted after emotional and financial hardship. Composing music for the public paved the way for Mahler and Wagner and many of the other composers. The expectations the public had on composers made it difficult for some composers to write for them. The trouble many composers found in writing what they wanted to write also made (as we just discussed in class regarding Berlioz with the Paris Opera, as well as with Wagner). Noting the changes this had for both the masses in their influence and the composers would make for an interesting topic. Your number one is very similar to what Allison said she wants to do, which seems solid, too, bringing in how other composers played off of that. Your second topic seems like it could be more focused, like: programmatic music for Romantic composers showed the progression away from strict classical form towards forms dictated by the drama and the emotion, etc., as we have seen with Berlioz in class.
During the time of the romantic era there were many composers who composed music for the public rather than for nobles which started becoming more popular.
Due to financial needs and social expectations, many Romantic era composers had to choose between composing for themselves or for the public.
The Romantic era, influenced by ideas set forth by the Sturm und Drang movement of theprevious century and acting as a resolution of sorts to the French revolution, brought new meaning and motivations to the art forms of the 19th century. With this movement, adherences to classical forms were questioned and dramatic content alongside music took a major seat, seeking to bring a greater sense of expression to the relative rigidness of classical form. There were two notable directions that were taken by music contemporaries of this time, however:...