Questions tagged [modern-music]

For questions about music written since approximately 1900. Please also use the requisite tag for any particular compositional techniques (e.g., "atonal") involved.

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Penultimate chord in Messiaen's Regard du Pere seems to break the pattern

I have a question about a particular chord in “Regard du Pere,” the first piece in the Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant Jesus by Messiaen. I am using the 1947 Editions Durand and don’t know of any other ...
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Are there any modern era songs that use true Locrian?

While learning more about music theory, I started diving off into the world of musical modes and Locrian mode stood out like a sore thumb with a flat 5th. This was intriguing so I am trying to find ...
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Books for atonal music theory? [closed]

I am already very good at music theory of the common practice period. However, I struggle a lot with 20th century atonal or weakly tonal or bitonal etc music. I think there must be some theory of such ...
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Are there physical dangers to preparing a prepared piano?

A prepared piano is a piano that has various objects applied directly onto (and perhaps into) the strings. The concept is most famous from John Cage, and his Sonata No. V is a common favorite; it's a ...
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How should I got about re-creating a melody in chiptune?

I am trying to recreate "Pure Vessel"(A.K.A. Path of Pain theme) by Christopher Larkin in chiptune. However, my first attempt at it was awful(my failed attempt), and I would appreciate it if I could ...
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Why oughtn't listeners try to hear where tone rows start and stop?

David McCleery. p. 27, Liner note to Discover Music of the Twentieth Century. Between 1912 and 1923 he [Schoenberg] wrote very few works, dedicating his time instead to developing the twelve-...
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conterpoint and melodic learning or other ways?

If I want to learn about melodic for composition, I have to learn counterpoint, that 's right? Or it has other ways or great books for learning about, please anyone help me I lost a lot of time for ...
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Why is contemporary music for the recorder so weird?

Im a recorder enthusiast and I love playing early music. There is so much music from that time that fits for the recorder, but it is still limited. So I would like to go for more modern / contemporary ...
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How to notate popular/contemporary song structures?

A problem I repeatedly run into when notating (either composing or arranging) popular/contemporary (i.e. not classical) music is notating the song structure using an efficient combination of repeats ...
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How often is the Sostenuto pedal used in classical and modern Piano Music?

In most of the pianos that we see today, the Sostenuto pedal does not exist. Only the pianissimo (una corda) and the sustain (damper) pedals can be seen. Throughout the time that I've been studying ...
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Do there exist contemporary composers writing in the style of Viennese classical music?

Do there exist known contemporary composers who work in the style of the so-called Viennese classical period, and if so, who?
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Modern dance music?

It seems dance, even social dance, and "high art" music once walked hand in hand (waltz, for example) but now have parted ways. Is this the case? The last major dance compositions I know of are the ...
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Is Escala's «Clubbed to Death» a passacaglia?

Escala's Clubbed to Death seems to be a passacaglia. It has a repetitive line throughout, over which counterpoint is added. In fact, it sounds similar to Biber's Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa: Partita ...