Romantic Music Cards, Part 2

These music cards cover the late Romantic Music period.  The cards are designed to be printed on card stock then used to help kids learn about the music of the greatest composers.  The cards should be used in conjunction with listening to the pieces featured on the cards.  All of the music can easily be found online.  Below we have each of the selections in the art cards embedded as a YouTube video.

Romantic Music Cards 2

The late Romantic Period was a continuation of the emotionality and nationalism of the earlier Romantics. Many composers wrote patriotic pieces and used folk songs and tales of their countries as inspiration. The piano and the orchestra remained the most important instruments for musical performances and opera and program music (music that tells a story) were both important through the entire Romantic period. But late Romantics became more and more free with their musical expression. They began to use dissonant chords, unusual time structures, and orchestra’s got bigger and bigger to accommodate more complex layers of music. Most of the music composed today in “Classical Style” is actually late Romantic.

Print these Romantic Music Cards and famous pieces by the composers onto white card stock. Cut the cards out on the solid lines.

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Help your kids become familiar with these pieces and composers by playing matching games, sorting the cards, and quizzing over them.

  • Lay the cards face up in front of the students. Play one of the famous compositions for the students to listen to. The music can easily be found online and embedded just below. Have the students match the composer and the composer’s famous piece to the music that is playing.
  • After the student can identify the composer and piece, play another famous piece by the composer, listed at the bottom of the card, and see if the student can recognize the style of that composer and identify whose music is being played.
  • Put the cards in chronological order and listen to the featured music pieces to hear a progression of style over time. This is especially effective if you also include the music from the early Romantic Period.

Music Selections

Below we have each of the songs that is featured on the printable cards.

This is from the opera, Orpheus in the Underworld, by Jaques Offenbach. It is world famous as the “Can-Can song”, but its real title is Infernal Galop.

This is the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II. It was composed in 1866.

This is Op. 49, No. 4, otherwise known as “Braham’s Lullaby” by Johannes Brahms. It was written in 1868 to celebrate the birth of a friend’s child.

This is I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General by Gilbert and Sullivan from the comedic opera The Pirates of Penzanse. It was first performed to great acclaim in 1879.

This is the 1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It was written in 1880 to commemorate the heroic defense of Russia during Napoleon’s invasion in 1812. The video below is the full overture. If you want just the exciting part, the finale, then skip to 13:56.

This is by Antonin Dvorak, a Czech composer who was working in America when he composed his most famous symphony, the New World Symphony in 1893.

In the Hall of the Mountain King was composed by Edvard Grieg for an 1876 play called Peer Gynt.

This is called Stars and Stripes Forever. It was composed in 1897 by John Phillip Sousa, the “March King”.

This is Musetta’s Waltz from the opera La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, the Italian composer.

This is the Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsokov. It was written in 1899 as part of the opera, The Tale of Tsar Saltan.

Additional Layers

    • When moving picture shows were invented opera popularity declined.  Do you think movies have the same cultural value as operas?  Why or why not?  Do you think opera is worth saving?  How would you make opera appeal to younger audiences?
    • Most music connoisseurs agree that the biggest change in the late Romantic period from earlier music is the introduction of atonality. Watch the video below to learn what atonality is.  Then go back and listen to some of the selections above.  Can you identify some atonality in the pieces?  (In later music, after 1900, you start to get much more atonality.)

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