The Enlightenment Case Museum

Life in the 1700s

Music of the 1700s

Music in the 1700s changed as Romanticism (a new genre and style) began to exist. Romanticism brought a great love to nature, distracted people from the corrupted society, and brought up mysteries about mythology, religion, the supernatural and the unknown. Romanticism changed the ways of music by inventing bold, new orchestral sounds for the opera genre. Overtures were written, but not as introductions to operas. Instead, they were written for concert pieces with themes that were suggested by books, plays, and personal experiences. Romanticism also began to invent program music, which became popular between romantic composers. Program music was music that told a story for the listener to image as the composition goes on.

The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach


Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No.13 BWV 858 (is in album "Mondnacht") by Robin

Water Music by Handel

Musica Productions

Water music by handel by Musica Productions

The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart


Mozart - Marriage of Figaro Overture by gbalston

Art of the 1700s

Just like music, Romanticism style changed art in the 1700s by entering artists's mind and changing the way they painted and expressed their masterpieces to the public. Romanticism could be seen more prominently in paintings rather than in sculptures and architecture. Subjects for paintings were now more often taken from nature. Biblical, mythological, and supernatural subject were also used. Romantic artists used radiant colors expressive brushwork to paint their masterpieces. Artists began to prefer using curving lines and shapes to express their paintings.

Baroque Artwork:
  • very religious arts
  • the church loved their style of art
  • art was "full of motion"
  • made incredible ceiling frescoes

Rococo Artwork:

  • focused on more interior designs
  • only for royalty
  • made paintings, architecture for buildings, and sculptures

Baroque Artwork

Rococo Artwork

Peasant Life in the 1700s

  • poverty
  • women did house work everyday
  • men had hard labor daily for about 17 - to - 18 hours
  • landowning peasants lived a little better than the average peasant
  • school was year-round
  • religion was heavily studied in school
  • children at 14 could either start working or continue onto secondary school
  • few possessions
  • basic, bland diets
  • experienced everything in its most raw form
  • no control in the shape of their lives
  • no shield from heat in the summer and cold in the winter
  • played street sports for entertainment
  • hockey, stickball (baseball or softball), golf, soccer
  • often had to trade for supplies and needs to survive

Life at Home

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Farmers and Small Trade

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Hard Labor

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