One would naturally assume that "classical" music is from the classical era. However,
several of the well known classical music composers come from the Romantic era. In
fact, the classical era was very short and produced only two widely known composers,
Mozart and Haydn.
A few of the several recognizable composers of the Romantic era include Brahms,
Tchaikovsky and, Schubert, Chopin, Wagner, and Verdi. Some of the less recognizable
Composers of the Romantic Era include Strauss, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn,
Composers of the Romantic era continued to embrace the ideals of rhythm, melody,
harmony, harmonic progression, and tuning of the classical era. What distinguished
Romantic from Classical was the perception taken on these ideals. During the Classical
era, the conventions were closely followed, while during the Romantic era, composers
pushed borders and bent the rules to expand creativity in their symphonies,
concertos, sonatas, and operas. Certain composers followed the strict rules of Classical
composition more closely than others.
While they did not stray completely from the Classical structure, the Romantic composers
did not let the system tie them down. The fact that composers were stretching
boundaries in music reflected the objective shared by the inventors, scientists, and
politicians in the society during the Romantic era.
As the Romantic era emerged, composers felt more freedom to let their personal
experiences and emotion merge into their work. This transition from the Classical to the
Romantic era could be explained as weighing the value of emotion of music heavier than
the perfection and beauty of music.