Chapter 7
The Death of Traditional Harmony : The Twentieth Century and Beyond
In This Chapter
• Discovering the multitude of twentieth-century musical styles, from Impressionism to atonality
• Learning the masters of twentieth-century music
• Understanding twentieth-century musical formats
If the Romantic period represented an evolution from the Classical period, composers in the twentieth century offered a revolution from their Romantic predecessors. The high value placed on individuality and personal expression in the late 1800s grew even more pronounced in the 1900s, with the very fabric of tonality being ripped apart in the search for new and unique musical forms.
The defining feature of twentieth-century music, then, is the lack of any central ...

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