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Romanticism was one of the strongest movements to ever have hit the music scene Romanticism lasted a large portion of the nineteenth century and its music reflected that of the world that was rapidly changing during those years One of these massive changes taking place was the Industrial Revolution In Britain science was being applied to already existing manufacturing processes This meant that with better systems in place rather than those of hard back breaking labour more goods could be produced at a lower cost A significant trend developed towards urbanization as opposed to farming The average family could now afford those things which in the past were considered a luxury New processes also meant new ideas During this period a number of advances in music were made With new industrial processes valves were added to the already existing trumpet thus making it a more useful aid in musical composition Also the saxophone was invented and pianos could now be made better A steel frame was added to them and their strings would become those of a better quality giving a better and more brilliant sound In the musical world new opportunities were being brought about Most importantly music was being brought from the church into the concert hall There were also more chances for instrumentalists to better themselves since new conservatories were being established in Europe All of this meant that orchestras could now be larger and the quality of the musicians would be much improved With larger orchestras and better musicians composers tended to become more expressive in their works Rather than being limited to the range of piano to forte the crescendo was becoming fashionable in compositional techniques The crescendo allowed the composer to be more expressive in his piece by gradually increasing or decreasing the volume or starting from a pianissimo and ever so rapidly moving to a forte to give the effect of a real drama of sound This
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