Final Notes

Final Notes - Musical Characteristics of the Twentieth...

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Musical Characteristics of the Twentieth Century Breakdown in traditional rules of harmony, melody, and rhythm (John Cage 4’33’) Search for originality stretched beyond its Romantic limits Some composers still compose in the traditional forms and harmonies Composers now supported primarily by universities Invention of the phonograph changed how we listen to and consume music; also expanded our horizons in types of music consumed Pebussy (French) “Prelude to the Afternoon of a faun” (1894) Based on a poem by Mallarme Half-man half-goat gets drunk; falls asleep; dreams of women No cadences Impressionist (named after the art movement) Stravinsky (Born in Russia, moved to Paris then USA) “Le Scare du Printemps” (“The Rite of Spring”) 1913 Third in a series of “Russian” Ballets Impresario Diaghilev took a risk on a young composer Caused riot (collage construction) Story: virgin dances herself to death Choreography: unorthodox
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