Explore key works of early 20th-century classical music and discover the social, political and cultural contexts in which they were written. Featured composers include Berg, Britten, Delius, Elgar, Holst, Ravel, Schoenberg, Smyth, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams and Webern. Enjoy digitised treasures from our collections, sound recordings, and newly-commissioned articles.
Mark Berry introduces the three composers labelled as key members of the ‘Second Viennese School’, each influential in his own way on musical modernism throughout the remainder of the 20th century.Read more
The composer Anthony Payne, who completed Elgar’s unfinished Third Symphony, describes Elgar’s compositional methods as seen in the surviving sketches for this work at the British Library.Read more
Explore key themes in early 20th-century classical music
Explore key musical works of the early 20th century
Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is based on the plays Erdgeist (Earth Spirit) and Die Büchse der Pandora ...
At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Stravinsky and his family were on one of their regular visits to ...