A Romance Within: Recapturing the Music of the Nineteenth Century

Thursday, February 20, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, February 20 – April 24

2 – 4 pm

Led by Stephen Kleiman
This class is full and registration has closed.

We will explore the intense passion with which composers of the nineteenth century approached their musical expressions. Myths, folklore, sacred texts, and great literature will guide us as we sample the music of Wagner, Berlioz, Liszt, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Franck, Grieg, and Stephen Foster, among others. Each class will focus on the Romantic treatment of one musical genre: lied, piano music, chamber music, symphony and concerto, and opera.

Stephen Kleiman holds an MM in music composition from the University of Michigan and was an orchestra conductor in Europe and music director of the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

Materials List
Note: Due to the limited availability of these texts, please remember to call the Newberry Bookstore in advance at (312) 255-3520.


  • Discover Music of the Romantic Era. David McCleery; Paperback; $9.99 Naxos Books 2007. (ISBN-10: 1843792362 / ISBN-13: 978-1843792369).
  • Course packet, to be purchased in class

Other Texts:

  • The Romantic Generation. Charles Rosen; Paperback; Harvard University Press 1998.
  • Nineteenth-Century Music. Carl Dahlhaus; Paperback; University of California Press 1991.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Ten sessions, $240.
This class is full and registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waiting list.