The current PhD chapter is on Romantic music, Romantic theology, and how contemporary understandings of the two can add to modern theological readings of music. Given that I have avoided historical study in all its formats for much of my education, it has been interesting reading about Romanticism and its key players in music and theology. I would recommend Burnham’s book Beethoven Hero as an interesting read from the musical perspective on Beethoven. The ‘heroic style’ is about the individual struggle that is portrayed through the music that each individual can identify with.
Romanticism is getting into work and play: our recent trip to Budapest saw us going around the Liszt museum (his old apartment) looking at his pianos, prayer kneeler and ‘warts and all’ death mask. I’m not sure this gives any more understanding of the struggles of the ordained composer, but it was interesting all the same. We also had a tour around the opera house (built in the Romantic era, where Mahler was musical director for a while). We passed on the opera though (it, again, being Romantic).
I’m just waiting for my husband to finish Sophie’s World on his kindle, so I can borrow it and re-read the chapter on Romanticism.