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Modernist Music

Simon Shaw-Miller

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0034

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Modernist Music

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This article examines the history of the so-called modernist music. It argues that music and its associated ideas are central to the concept of modernism for all, and considers the modernist condition of music itself. The article defines modernism in music as a normative shift which often figures at the level of form, and suggests that formalism is a defining characteristic of the major branch of modernism.

Keywords: modernist music; modernism; normative shift; modernist art; formalism

Article.  7449 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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