History of Classical Music


(20th Century 3)
An important type of 20th century music is neoclassical. "Neo" means new, so neoclassical music is new music that is similar to music of the Classical period. While neoclassical music sounds modern in many ways, it is written following the basic forms and ideals of the Classical period.

A famous neoclassical composer is Igor Stravinsky. His music uses many different key signatures and time signatures, and sometimes more than one at a time. One example is the Rite of Spring.

Igor Stravinsky
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Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Part 1


Rite of Spring, MIDI sequencer unknown
  from The Classical MIDI Resource
Igor Stravinsky, "The Rite of Spring: Adoration of the Earth"; Stravinsky Rite of Spring Britten Four Sea Interludes, Etc; David Atherton, BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC Music Magazine;
    ©1995 BBC (MM135)

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