Romantic Music and American History Timeline

  • Cotton Gin was Invented

    Cotton Gin was Invented
    The machine helped to boost productivity and increased cotton usage. The cotton gin helped to increase production of cotton in the United States, and made cotton into a profitable crop. The machine helped to strengthen the United States' economy and laid the foundations for the slave trade.
  • Beethoven: Third Symphony

    Beethoven: Third Symphony
    The Eroica Symphony was first performed privately in early August, 1804. We know from discovered writings of Lobkowitz, one of Beethoven’s patrons, that the first public performance was on April 7, 1805 at the Theater-an-der-Wien in Vienna, Austria.
  • Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann Invented the Harmonica

    Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann Invented the Harmonica
    16-year-old Christian Friedrich Buschmann registered the first European patent for his new musical invention. His so-called "aura" was an instrument consisting of a series of steel reeds arranged together horizontally in small channels.
  • Beethoven: Ninth Symphony

    Beethoven: Ninth Symphony
    The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, is the final complete symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven. Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best known works of the Western classical repertoire.
  • Beethoven Died

    Beethoven Died
    Beethoven was considered the “Father” of the Romantic Era, and was a musical genius. His works are masterpieces that transcend time. He passed away because of lead poisoning.
  • The Typewriter was Invented

    The Typewriter was Invented
    American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes developed the machine that finally succeeded on the market as the Remington and established the modern idea of the typewriter.
  • Railroads in Boston

    Railroads in Boston
    In 1830, soon after construction had began on railroads in Baltimore, the port city of Boston decided to also begin construction on railroads to ship goods to western states and open more trade options. This railroad, however, went out to 3 different locations: Lowell, Providence, and Worcester. Although these locations were each only about 45 miles away, Boston became the first railway hub in 1835 when the railroad lines were completed.
  • First Telegraph Invented

    First Telegraph Invented
    The electric telegraph transformed how wars were fought, how money was sent and how newspapers conducted business. Rather than taking weeks to be delivered by horse-and-carriage mail carts, pieces of news could be exchanged between telegraph stations almost instantly.
  • Chopin: Ballade in G minor

    Chopin: Ballade in G minor
    A rhythm of 6/4 suggests an underlying waltz, as does the set of chords that plays off each melody note. Further, the chords lie under portamento slurs which give them shape, gently tug at the second and third beats, and increase the inherent dance quality.
  • The Clipper

    The Clipper
    The Clipper was an extremely fast sailing ship that was used to transport goods across the Atlantic from New York to England, especially with the Black Ball Line. The word "clip" has to do with speed in the sailing world. In 1845, the first "extreme clipper" was launched, revolutionizing trade and transportation.
  • Graduation Act

    Graduation Act
    The Graduation Act was a bill passed to further decrease the cost of unsold public land. Buyers could buy one acre for as low as 12 cents! This also encouraged farmers to adjoin land and make sure they were not over-using their land. Settlers from Europe also came in over in flocks in light of the extremely cheap land. This Act is important since it encouraged planters during the boom, it brought immigrants, and because it brought on production in the Industrial Revolution.
  • Brahms Fourth Symphony

    Brahms Fourth Symphony
    the first movement of the Fourth is built upon the simplest of motifs – a mere two notes in a falling third and, by raising the second note an octave, a rising sixth, and their respective inversions.