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Who most accurately reflected the romantic sensibility of the day the poets the artists or the musicians Well first off what exactly is Romanticism Romanticism was a literary and artistic movement of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries resulting in part from the ideals of the French Revolution and in part a revolt against classicism and the Enlightenment It embodies none of which classicism and neoclassicism did which were precepts of order calm harmony balance idealization and rationality and restraint Instead romanticism emphasized the irrational imaginative spontaneous and emotional Romanticism also promoted certain attitudes such as a greater appreciation of the beauties of nature emotion over reason senses over intellect heightened fascination with great hero figures and spiritual truth Romantics had a greater interest in folk culture natural and ethnic cultural origins and also showed particular interests in the exotic the remote the mysterious the weird the occult the diseased and even the satanic Throughout the Romantic Movement eighteenth century music arts and literature adopted these new concepts and endured a lot of changes refinement and some may even say perfection However I intend to prove that the poets novelists and essayists best reflected the romantic sensibility Romanticism in music was characterized by an emphasis on emotion and great freedom of form and the composer embraces free expression and originality Romantic music attained its fullest development in the works of German composers Although elements of romanticism are present in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert it reached its highest point in the works of Berlioz Mendelssohn Schumann Chopin Litsz and Wagner Beethoven and Schubert although considered to be classical musicians provided an important model for nineteenth century romantic composers German novelist Ernst Hoffman wrote Beethovens music sets in motion the lever of fear of awe of horror of suffering and awakens just that infinite longing which is the essence of Romanticism Romantic music had only a few major advances For example there
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