Classical And Romantic Eras Of Music

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Fundamental changes in musical styles are often brought on by the changes in the environment in which the music evolves from. Both the Classical and Romantic eras of music offer influential aspects of music. In order for significant and noticeable changes to occur in music, the society surrounding it must also change. Significant social and political movements often bring on these stylistic changes in music. These changes can range from the way personality is expressed in music to the actual orchestration of the music. Without these changes though, culture would not be what we know it as today.
One of the leading social movements in the Classical period was the Enlightenment. This period of time is also referred to the Age of Reason. The Age of Reason was given this name because instead of focusing on tradition, more emphasis was put on reason, ideas, and individualistic endeavors. Knowledge was the most important factor in this era. Emotions were becoming less prevalent in artistic expression, as well as the belief in the supernatural. François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) and Denis Diderot were two of the leading reformers and advocates of the Age of Reason. Their beliefs were grounded by the idea that humanity should not rely on mystic beliefs and instead focus on universal truths that would eventually improve society as a whole. Despite society becoming more secular, religious sects such as the Quakers in both England and the United States advocated for better treatment of…
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