Romantic Period


    What is Modernism?

    Modernism is a cultural movement that emerged in the early twentieth century. The turn of the century saw many changes across all areas of...

    Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss was born in Munich, Germany in 1864. He was a visionary late Romantic composer who bridged the gap between romanticism and modernism.

    Programme Music

    Programme music is a style of composition where the piece tells a story outside of just the musical narrative. Often these works tell new stories or existing tales in literature. Composers also wrote programme music allegorically, telling stories of their own lives through the music.

    Hector Berlioz

    Berlioz was born in December 1803 in south-eastern France. He was a renowned composer of Romantic music most known for his large programmatic symphonies.

    The Transition from Classical to Romantic Music

    Classical music is defined by having strict rules and traditions, however it moved away from this around the early decades of the 18th century.

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93) was born in Votkinsk, a town in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Now regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic period, his life almost took a very different turn.

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1828) is undoubtedly one of the most famous composers in the history of music, and not without good reason. His influence stretched not only to contemporary and future composers, but also to what music meant to society as a whole. Beethoven broke the boundaries of what music could convey by using it more artfully than his predecessors to express the philosophy of life.

    Johannes Brahms

    These are the three Bs of classical music: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Johannes Brahms (1833-97) was born in Hamburg, Germany and in his youth...

    Frédéric Chopin

    By effectually expressing a wide range of emotions through a wealth of personal, poetic melodies, Frédéric Chopin managed to embody the Romantic spirit in...


    Deepening International Music Education Cooperation – Professor Xiaogang Ye

    Deepening International Music Education Cooperation - Professor Xiaogang Ye Leads Team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen Conservatoire on Visit to the...

    RBC Lunchtime concert series review – Yin Yu

    In the latest interpretation of Maurice Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" by Yin, performed at a lunchtime concert in the recital hall at Royal...

    Global Musicians’ League International Music Summer School: A Harmonious Success:

    The Global Musicians’ League (GML) stands as a vibrant beacon in the world of classical music, seamlessly blending tradition with a forward-thinking vision. Established...