Geography of Music
The World in the Age of Romanticism, 1825-1885Feeling is all in all. – Goethe
Change came quickly through the 19th century; the Industrial Revolution redistributed wealth in local and global economies and changed the way people worked, traveled, and communicated. Such dramatic changes stimulated political revolution in mid-century Europe and Civil War in the United States.
The Industrial Revolution brought changes in musical instruments and music publishing. New manufacturing and design capabilities allowed wind instruments greater volume and chromatic flexibility, thus stimulating larger, more colorful works – many based on stories aimed at attracting audiences less familiar with the formal nuances of classical music.