History of Classical Music

The 20th Century

Previous (Romantic) Next (Middle Ages)
(1900-2000CE)

Subtopics:

  1. Characteristics
  2. Impressionist
  3. Neo-Classical
  4. Chance
  5. Atonal
  6. Composers
Music written since 1900 is called 20th century music. There have been more types and styles of music written in the 20th century then ever before. In the 20th century, the only limit is the composer's imagination. Peter Schikele has fun with his pieces by having players play on mouthpieces, or by gargling with water during the piece. 

The melodies are also very different from those of past periods.  Anton Webern's melodies have leaps, and are often made up of only two or three notes. Other melodies, like those written by Bela Bartok and Alan Hovhaness, are based on scales taken from the Middle Ages.

Technological developments have also had an influence on the 20th Century music, especially electronic music. Composers like Philip Glass use electronics to create totally new sounds, styles, and effects.



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