The "Romance" is similar to the song, but at the same time differs from it some features that, in fact, makes a romance.
The term "romance" emerged in medieval Spain, originally meant an ordinary song into Spanish (romance) language. Romance – Spanish. The content of the poem, put to music, it was usually lyrical. This term is further dispersed to other countries, but some remained one notation for the songs and romances: for example, in the German Lied (song).
In fact, romance as a genre was formed later, and therefore did not require a special term, while it is clear that it evolved from a song. The first songs came in the XV century, but the real blossoming romance began in the second half of the XVIII century. In addition, contributed to this lyrical work of poets Goethe and Heine, the lyrics of which expressed the depth of feelings and experiences that cannot be expressed in a simple song, to express deep feelings needed deep music. Moreover, this kind of music appeared like national schools of romance, especially well known in Germany, France and Russia.
Romance is important in both the word, the music and vocals. Romance is a more intimate piece than a song, so it can only be lyrical, whereas the song may be patriotic, heroic, etc. Because the song usually expresses the feeling of love, it is always present or implied by the addressee, i.e. the romance in some sense must have dialogue, even internal.
Close to romance instrumental pieces "songs without words", which is dominated by the melodic line. The best known are "Songs without words" by F. Mendelssohn. Poems of romance usually are melodic, melodious, touching and tender, or tragic.
What could be better than a hot cup of tea and listening to the most beautiful romances in audio format? Sure, nothing! Enjoy listening and do not forget to leave your comments and impressions!