1840–1850, Romantic Revolution

Barricades on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin during the Night of March 18 to 19, 1848, ca. 1848, color lithograph. Photo: Knud Petersen, Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany. Photo credit: BPK/Art Resource, NY

Concert Program IV

1840–1850, Romantic Revolution

By the mid-nineteenth century, the Romantic age had reached its apex. The turbulence of the 1840s, from the conquest of the American West to the European revolutions of 1848, is vividly reflected in the decade’s impassioned music. In the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Chopin—each a quintessential Romantic voice in his artistic maturity—we encounter the era’s unrestrained emotion and blinding virtuosity in full bloom.


Robert Schumann(1810–1856)
Piano Trio no. 1 in d minor, op. 63 (1847)
Frédéric Chopin(1810–1849)
Cello Sonata in g minor, op. 65 (1845–1846)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
String Quintet no. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 87 (1845)
Thursday 25Jul 2019