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Modernism Modernism refers to two trends in the twentieth century, one between the wars and one after WWII. In the 1920s and 1930s, modernism was a rejection of nineteenth-century norms and practices. Being “new,” or modern, was the end as well as the means. Composers were fascinated by, and used, machines, mechanical devices, new technology in their work. (Airplane engines, sirens, electric buzzers, typewriters, etc. were all exploited by modernist composers.) Ballet mécanique was a film that showed various machines, gears, wheels, etc. in action – all very stylized – with a musical score that went with the visuals. Edgard Varèse. From France, but very much a part of the American modernist scene. Exploited new sources of sound , sometimes in compositions written only for percussion instruments. (He loved sirens.) 1923: Hyperprism . “Machine Age” music . Features a large percussion ensemble that uses traditional and non-traditional instruments. Thought of music as spatial, and that, as he wrote, “the movement of sound-
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