Geography of Music

Age of Revolution |  Age of Romanticism |  Age of Emerging Modernism |  Age of Art and Ideology

The World in the Age of Revolutions, 1775-1825
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them...” – Declaration of Independence
The political revolutions that brought violent change to the United States and France had their roots in Enlightenment philosophy – a world view that celebrated a universe governed by natural laws and the power of an individual to discover them.

Composers such as Haydn and Mozart rejected the complex and heavily ornamented baroque style more suitable to the "Age of Kings" in favor of simpler, more defined formal structures that allowed for a more natural flow of expression suitable to the Age of Enlightenment.
lead funding provided by
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
with generous support from Nan Tucker McEvoy, The James Irvine Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Marcia and John Goldman, Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, William and Gretchen Kimball Fund, Lisa and John Pritzker, Mrs. Alfred S. Wilsey, Koret Foundation Fund, Lynn and Tom Kiley, Anita and Ronald Wornick, Roselyne Chroman Swig, Margaret Liu Collins & Edward B. Collins, the Acacia Foundation, Matt Cohler, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Betty and Jack Schafer, Felipe R. Santiago and Barry T. Joseph, Mary C. Falvey, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey P. Hays, Mark Heising and Liz Simons, David and Janyce Hoyt, Laurence and Michèle Corash, Helen Berggruen, and others.