In the 1st movement of Beethoven's eight symphony, there are qualities of both the Classical and Romantic Period. First we will define the Classical and Romantic periods, then discuss the movement itself. .
As defined in the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Music, Classical is a term which applied to music has vague rather than specific meaning. Music composition roughly between 1750 and 1830 (post-Baroque and pre-Romantic) which covers the development of the classical symphony and concert. Music of an orderly nature, with qualities of clarity and balance, and emphasizing formal beauty rather than emotional expression (which is not to say that emotion is lacking). Romanticism is defined as a term used to describe literature, written mainly in the two decades 1830-50, and applied to music written in the period 1830-1900. It is a vague term, for there are "Romantic" elements in all music of all ages. However, the composers generally classified as Romantic are of the period of Weber, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Wagner, etc., in whose music emotional and picturesque expression appeared to be more important than formal or structural considerations. Thus Romanticism became the antithesis of classicism. In works by "classical" composers such as Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven and others, have romantic leanings. # .
Rowell writes about the Classical periods beginning. He states that the Classical period .
was virtually unnoticed: its beginnings may be seen in a simplification of texture (in which a more chordal texture took the place of the luxuriant counterpoint of the late Baroque), a lightening of the tone almost to frivolity and triviality.