The Post-Romantic And Impressionist Period

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“A real musical culture should not be a museum culture based on music of past ages... It should be the active embodiment in sound of the life of a community- of the everyday demands of people’s work and play and of their deepest spiritual needs.” (Wilfred Mellers, pg. 54). Music is always changing and adapting based on how people feel and what people like. Some people prefer to listen to choral works, while others are more interesting in instrumental music. Throughout history we have been able to organize different styles of music into categories based of the time it was created. These Eras have characteristics that may be similar to each other, however they have traits to make them unique as well. The development of western musical styles …show more content…
This era reflected on late Romantic period ideas as well as provided different cultures and realism to music. Composer Giacomo Puccini composed the opera Madame Butterfly which provided a Japanese style to the piece. The Impressionist period was characterized by dissonance and provided ninth chords to music. Dubussy’s: Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun” is an Impressionist period symphonic poem that uses chords with lower thirds, and a loose A-B-A’ structure. More Impressionist period music includes spirituals like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and marches by John Phillip Sousa. The last era of music that contributes to the change of Western music is the Modern Era.

The Modern era takes place between 1900-present day. In the early modern era music had a new rhythmic complexity, melody and harmony. These changes include changing meters within a song or measure and polyrhythm patterns in music. Composer Arnold Schoenburg’s Pierrot lunaire consists of very fast sounds, with harsh dissonant harmonies. Another Modern

era composition is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring which has a complex polyphony form and Russian folk-song melodies. This is the last period of Western music

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