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A late nineteenth century artistic movement that sought to capture the visual impression rather than the literal reality of the subject. Also in music, a style belonging primarily to Debussy, characterized by an emphasis on mood and atmosphere, sensuous tone colors, elegance, and beauty of sound.
In music of the early twentieth century, the philosophy that musical composition should be approached with objectivity and restraint. Neoclassical composers were attracted to textures and forms of the baroque and classical period.
An artistic school of the early twentieth century that attempted to represent the psychological and emotional experience of modern humanity.
Lacking of tonal center or tonic. A composition that lacks such a tonal center and its derived harmonies.
The simultaneous use of two or more keys.
A late twentieth-century movement that seeks to return music to its simplest, most basic elements. It is characterized by a very steady beat and gradually changing repeating figures.
A system of composition developed by Schoenberg that consists of arranging the twelve pitches of the chromatic scale in particular order (known as a tone row, series, or set). Also called dodecaphony.
Very current, modern and experimental.
In music, the use of frenzied, irregular rhythms and percussive effects to evoke a feeling of primitive power, as in Stavinskys The Rite of Spring
American Modernist composer. Polytonality and experimentism.
Neoclassicism, Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring
Impressionist music. Influenced by symbolism. primitism
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