Romantic Period versus Twentieth Century Music
Romanticism flourished in the nineteenth century, allowing composers to rebel against the common forms of music. It was during the romantic period that the music was able to emulate imagination, emotion, and individuality (Kamien, 2011). Although the romantic period stressed the importance for the composers to explore their imagination, the stressing lead to a deep imaginative mind within the twentieth century. During the twentieth, many forms of war and violence were experienced that could surpass the imagination of any one man or woman. Although there was horrific wars during the beginning of the twentieth century, those wars embodied the people’s need for art, expression, and less on existing relationships and expectations. While the transition of the twentieth century brought a new passion for diversity, two important composers of this time are very much compared.