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× Such works as Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, op. 70, no. 1, represent what the composer himself identified as a “new path” in his compositional language. This “new path” paved the way for the Romantic generation to emerge. Carl Maria von Weber, Beethoven’s contemporary, is often considered the first true Romantic. His Clarinet Quintet, though more reflective of the genteel Viennese salon than Beethoven’s impassioned “Ghost” Trio, nevertheless extends the Classical language of Haydn and Mozart into a more extroverted, operatic style. Robert Schumann’s famous Dichterliebe song cycle, which sets the poetry of Heinrich Heine, demonstrates the sturm und drang aesthetic of the Romantic generation with its tragic hero’s fits of manic ecstasy and depression.