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The Development of the Romantic Orchestra

Thomas Shoebotham

Presented at: OCON 2021

Date: Aug 28, 2021

The modern symphony orchestra is a product of the 19th century. In these two talks we will see how orchestras grew from small, private ensembles of the nobility into the large, public ensembles of today. We will examine the roles of various composers in expanding the expressive range of the orchestra, along with conductors who raised the standards of performance. Also we will look at how the Industrial Revolution transformed many orchestral instruments into the familiar forms we know today.


Parts: 1

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