Geography of Music

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

The World in the Age of Romanticism, 1825-1885
“Feeling 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.
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.