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Isn't It Romantic?...

posted Oct 18, 2013, 10:56 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Oct 18, 2013, 10:56 AM ]
Next Sunday, October 20th, pianist Michael Martinka presents A Classical Evening at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. He serves as Music Director at this Bayside, Queens parish that recently renovated its original pipe organ, which Fr. Robert Whelan, the pastor, says results “in a wonderful new instrument which will enhance our worship for generations to come.”

The ironically titled piano recital next week is actually not in the evening, it's at 3:30pm. And the term “classical” is being used broadly, as it frequently is, since the program is actually four Romantic composers. As Michael says, “Come and enjoy the passion of Beethoven, the longing of Schubert, the musical poetry of Schumann and the romance of Chopin.”

Romanticism arose in the second half of the 18th century as a European artistic, literary and intellectual movement that particularly dominated the German school of music. Following the Classicism of the Industrial Revolution, it revolted against the Age of Enlightenment. Discontent with musical formulas and conventions, it's preoccupied with the mysterious and supernatural, both spiritually religious and ghostly nocturnal. It also emphasized national identity; with composers using folk tunes and rhythms associated with specific regions.

For more info about the concert, call (718) 229-5929. And if you can't attend, listen to any of these four composers and see if you can recognize these Romantic traits...