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					The Contemporary Period

       1900-present
            Historical Events

   The Great Depression
   World Wars I and II: European refugees in
    America
   Popularization of radio
   The Civil Rights Movement
   Cold War & space race: Russia-USA
    tensions
         Style Characteristics
   Non-tonal & quartal harmonies
   Polytonality, bitonality, atonality
   Irregular and changing meter (7/4, 5/4)
   Polyphonic texture
   Serial (twelve-tone) music
       Prime
       Inversion
       Retrograde
       Retrograde Inversion
   Neo-classical writing
                Béla Bartók
   1881-1945
   Hungarian composer
    & pianist
   Ethnomusicology:
    influences of
    Hungarian folk music
   Wrote with atonal
    axes of symmetry
   Audio: Mikrokosmos
Igor Stravinsky
           Born in Russia, 1882,
            died 1971
           Studied piano and
            composition under
            Rimsky-Korsakov
           Use of neo-classic
            style, serial/twelve
            tone writing
           Audio: The Rite of
            Spring
            George Gershwin
   1898-1937
   American
    composer/pianist
   Incorporated jazz &
    popular influences
    into classical
    composition
   Audio: Rhapsody in
    Blue

				
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