Contemporary Music

Postwar Musical Modernism in East and West

This essay outlines the role of modernist musical techniques in the postwar period and, more specifically, considers their function as a symbol for cultural opposition in communist countries. It defines a particularly influential technique in modernist music, examines several reasons why this technique was appealing to postwar composers, and compares the practice of this music […]

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Posted in: Musicologica 1/2019, Contemporary Music | Author: | E-mail

On Musical Material: Serialism and “Materialdenken”

Writings about the material of music have been a part of European music theory for nearly 2000 years, but they were especially prominent in theoretical writings that accompanied the serial music of the 1950s and 60s. In their efforts to dismantle traditional compositional techniques and build a new music from the most basic elements, many […]

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Posted in: Musicologica 1/2018, Contemporary Music | Author: | E-mail

New Art

Listeners’ perceptions of music changed during World War II and the Cold War owing to the political conditions. Musical styles of the nineteenth and twentieth century were appreciated by listeners whereas other alternative modern styles (serialism, punctualism, sonorism, aleatoric music, dodecaphony, contemporary alternative improvised music…) seemed obscure. Modernism has not been publicly accepted but postmodernism […]

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Posted in: Musicologica 1/2012, Contemporary Music | Author: | E-mail | Website

Music broadcasting on Slovak radio during World War II

Sorry, this entry is only available in Slovensky. Abstracts are available in English.

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Posted in: Musicologica 1/2012, Contemporary Music | Author: | E-mail

Comprovisation – Marginal Notes to Discussion about Legitimation of Term

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Posted in: Musicologica 1/2011, Contemporary Music | Author: | E-mail | Website

Jazz Inspirations in the 20th Century Classical Slovak Music – the Music of Alexander Moyzes and His Successors

The generation of Slovak composers known as Slovak Musical Modernism, who emerged in the late 1920s and during the 1930s, adopted a concept of creative synthesis of the national sources (especially inspirations from folk music) with the influences of European impressionist and expressionist music. One of the Slovak Musical Modernism composers was Alexander Moyzes (1906-1984). […]

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Posted in: Musicologica 1/2014, Rock Pop Jazz, Contemporary Music | Author: | E-mail | Website