24.1.8

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  1. I.                   Modernism in Music
    1st half of 19th 
    • a.      1st half of 19th: Romantics’ attraction to exotic and primitive cultures sparked a fascination with folk music, which became increasingly important as musicians began to look for ways to express their national identities
    • b.      2nd half of century: new flames of nationalstic spirit were fanned in both literary and musical circles
  2. Grieg
    •                                                               i.      One example of this new nationalistic spirit may be found in Scandinavian composer Edvard Grieg
    • 1.      Grieg’s nationalism expressed itself in the lyric melodies found in the folk music of his homeland
    • a.      Amoung his best-known works is Peer Gynt Suite, incidental music to a paly by Henrik Ibsen
    • 2.      His music paved the way for the creation of a national music style in Norway
  3. Debussy
    •                                                               i.      Impressionist music followed artistic counterpart by 30 years
    • 1.      It stressed elusive moods and haunting sensations and is distinctive in its delicate beauty and elegance of sound
    •                                                             ii.      Musical compositions were often inspired by visual arts
    •                                                           iii.      Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
    • 1.      Did not tell a story in music, but re-created in sound the overall feeling 
  4. Other composers
    • a.      Other composers adopted stylistic idioms that imitated primitive forms in an attempt to express less refined and more genuine feelings
    •                                                               i.      Chief exponent of musical primitivism was Igor Stravisky, an important 20th century composer, for his compositiosn and impact on other composers
  5. International fame
    • 1.      International fame as ballet composer and together with the Ballet Russe, under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev, revolutionized the world of music with ballets
    • a.      Most significant Stravisky composed for diaghilev’s company were The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring
  6. All based on Russian folk tales
    •                                                                                                                                       i.      All based on Russian folk tales
    •                                                                                                                                     ii.      The Rite of Spring was revolutionary
    • 1.      Pulsating rhythms, sharp dissonances, etc. overwhelmed Paris audience and causesd a riot

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