Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Lecture Recital Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Paul Posnak

Second Committee Member

Edward P. Asmus

Third Committee Member

Paul F. Wilson

Fourth Committee Member

Rosalina G. Sackstein

Fifth Committee Member

Ross Harbaugh


The objective of my lecture recital is to introduce the music of the National Romantic period in Swedish cultural history to a wider audience. The period of National Romanticism was in many ways the promotion of folk-influenced music, art, and architecture throughout the late 1800’s until the early 1900’s, the beginning of realism. Composers and painters honored the beautiful landscape and rural environments as well as portraying their patriotism through their art, mainly as a reaction against industrialism. Many museums and public parks were built as a result of the National Romantic movement in Sweden. My lecture recital will highlight the two main composers of the period, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger and Wilhelm Stenhammar, who were the driving forces in absorbing and encouraging folklore, helping advance the patriotic arts of Swedish history.


national romanticism; national-romantic; folkmusic; swedish; piano; wilhelm peterson-berger