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Modernism 1920 onward. -classical music was now five hundred years old, it was getting more and more challenging to find new inspiration -therefore, when new ideas were tried, they often reached FAR beyond the boundaries of what had been tried before

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-classical music was now five hundred years old, it was getting more and more challenging to find new inspiration

-therefore, when new ideas were tried, they often reached FAR beyond the boundaries of what had been tried before

-popular music such as jazz and eventually rock’n’roll had taken much of the audience for classical music

-Modernist music focused on the theories, philosophy, and new sounds to ask the audience “What is Music” This music didn’t focus on traditional elements of music such as melody, harmony, beat and rhythm




Charles ives
Charles Ives possibilities for sound

  • 1874 -1954

  • Often had musicians respond to his ideas with laughter of outrage

  • “The Unanswered Question”


John cage
John Cage possibilities for sound

  • 1912-1992

  • “What is Music” was his primary concern

  • He went far beyond what had been done before


Variations 4
Variations 4 possibilities for sound


John cage s water walk
John Cage’s “Water Walk” possibilities for sound

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But it wasn t all weird
But it wasn’t all weird…. possibilities for sound

  • The invention of film and television gave music a new purpose to fulfill

  • -composers watch the film to create soundscapes.

  • The first ones being piano players in silent picture houses at the turn of the century


Piano possibilities for sound or organ players would watch the film and improvise music to match what they saw on the screen


John williams
John Williams possibilities for sound

  • Conductor and Composer of the Boston Pops Orchestra

  • Has written the film scores for dozens of films

  • Such as…


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