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The Modern (Serious) period lasted from 1911 to 2030 approximately.
Modern (Serious)

Modern (Serious) is the  term used to describe "serious" music written roughly after the start of the 20th century. The term is contrasted with Popular Modern, which overlaps the same period. My use of the word Serious does not imply that the music cannot be amusing, light-hearted or enjoyable.

A few composers who lived in the first decades of the twentieth century,  built on the romantic style of the previous musical period. Examples are Sibelius and Holst.

However, the period is dominated by composers who try to do something different. For them, it was, and continues to be, a kind of musical revolt. Everything many of them wrote was driven by an urgent desire to be completely new, utterly different, with little or no connection to the masterpieces of earlier centuries.

They abandoned the conventions of harmony and cadences, so a listener would be deliberately left hanging on a dominant or diminished chord.. They abandoned the distinction between consonance and dissonance. In earlier music, dissonance was used rarely, and usually only in passing on to a consonance. In modern music, dissonance is almost more common than consonance, and it still sounds jarring to many ears today.

They abandoned conventional tonality, in which the music starts and ends in a recognizable key, and is centred on one tone and its tonic chord. Instead they introduced the 12-tone scale, which uses all 12 of the chromatic tones in the equi-tempered octave, and has no feeling of a 'home' note or resting place.

The use of percussion has increased enormously in this period. All sorts of exotic percussion instruments are utilized in musical works, from African drums to vacuum cleaners, from Indonesian gamelan gongs to typewriters. Noise has become a valid element in modern (serious) music.

In 1913, at the premiere of a new ballet by Stravinsky, called 'The Rite of Spring', the audience rioted at the cruel dissonance and barbarity of this new music, and the police had to be called in. Since then, audiences have become more broad-minded, though also probably a lot more polite and tolerant of those who want to listen. And people have realized that a lot of Stravinsky's music is worth listening to. So as time goes by, much modern (serious) music will be forgotten, though a few gems will no doubt emerge, as has happened in the past.


Melodien aus der Modern (Serious) Zeit stammen. Audio ist für 79 Melodien in dieser Periode verfügbar.
  
Name of WorkComposerCategoryEnsemble
Adagio for strings, Op 11BarberShort PieceOrchestra
Aspirations OvertureGomersallOvertureOrchestra
Blue Bells of ScotlandWallaceShort PieceSolo
BoleroRavelTone PoemOrchestra
Classical Symphony Op 25ProkofievSymphonyOrchestra
Concierto de Aranjuez - slow movementRodrigoConcertoOrchestra
Dambusters MarchCoatesMarchOrchestra
Etude, Op. 2, No.11 in c-sharpScriabinShort PieceSolo
Fanfare for the Common ManCoplandShort PieceOrchestra
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisVaughan-WilliamsTone PoemOrchestra
Fantasia on GreensleevesVaughan-WilliamsTone PoemOrchestra
Firebird SuiteStravinskyBallet MusicOrchestra
Floating - for piano and stringsGomersallTone PoemOrchestra
Gayane BalletKhachaturianBallet MusicOrchestra
Gymnopédies (for piano)SatieSuiteSolo
Interlude No 1 in F for String QuartetGomersallChamber MusicString Quartet
JerusalemParrySacredOrchestra
Knightsbridge MarchCoatesMarchOrchestra
Liberty Bell MarchSousaMarchMilitary Band
Lieutenant Kije Suite - Op 60ProkofievSuiteOrchestra
Maple Leaf RagJoplinShort PieceSolo
Midsummer Vigil (Swedish Rhapsody No.1)AlfvenShort PieceOrchestra
Minuet for Hand BellsGomersallChamber MusicOrchestra
Mock MorrisGraingerShort PieceSolo
Mouvement perpetuelsPoulencShort PieceSolo
Mysteria - Tone Picture for Orchestra.GomersallTone PoemOrchestra
New RagJoplinShort PieceDuet
Overture in E minorGomersallOvertureOrchestra
Peter and the WolfProkofievSuiteOrchestra
Piano Trio in DGomersallChamber MusicTrio
Punch (Le Polichinelle)Villa-LobosShort PieceSolo
Rite of Spring - Adoration of the EarthStravinskyBallet MusicOrchestra
Romeo and Juliet Suite - Madrigal - Love themeProkofievBallet MusicOrchestra
Rumanian Folk DancesBartókShort PieceSolo
Rustle of Spring Op 32 No.3SindingShort PieceSolo
Savannah ExcerptsGomersallSuiteOrchestra
Schwanda the Bagpiper - polkaWeinbergerShort PieceOrchestra
Shepherd's Hey, from English Morris DancesGraingerShort PieceSolo
Spartacus BalletKhachaturianBallet MusicOrchestra
Study in Rondo FormGomersallChamber MusicWind Chamber Groups
Study in Ternary FormGomersallShort PieceString Quartet
Sunshine WaltzesGomersallWaltzOrchestra
Taiti Trot (Tea for two)ShostakovichShort PieceOrchestra
The Blackbird (Tone Poem)GomersallTone PoemOther Ensembles
The Easy WinnersJoplinShort PieceSolo
The EntertainerJoplinMiscellaneousOther Ensembles
The Lark AscendingVaughan-WilliamsTone PoemOrchestra
The Old Woman and the PedlarGomersallChamber MusicString Quartet
The Planets SuiteHolstSuiteOrchestra
Tranquil OvertureGomersallOvertureOrchestra
Waltz from masqueradeKhachaturianWaltzOrchestra
Waltz No.2 from Suite for Variety Orchestra.ShostakovichWaltzPops Orchestra
West to East - Suite for OrchestraGomersallSuiteOrchestra
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