>What makes a Romantic composer Romantic -- the broader question.
My favorite definition is from Jean Clay's book: "Romanticism."
Loosely defined as a preoccupation, in painting, with one or more of the
Melancholy, eroticism, fear of death, anxiety, contemplations of infinity,
occult, revivalism, idealism, (including idealism of the past or idealism
through Nature), superhuman virtuosity, Artist as Savior....
This is as much as I can remember. Supposedly all sprung from the loss
of God as the father figure during the abrupt rise of Materialism and
There you go.:)