Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act II (1877 Version): No. 10, Scène. Moderato
As with all labels, the Romantic era doesn't exactly have defined borders. Although it spanned most of the 19th century and into the 20th, the music of the period can be divided into early and late: The late works of Beethoven, for instance, are often considered to be the dawn of Romanticism, and many composers who lived and wrote well into the musical explosion of the 20th century began in a more Romantic tradition. Much like in art and literature, the Romantic composers were all about self-expression, emotion on a grand scale, and new ideas.