Music and place

What impact did nationalism, folksong and a sense of place and belonging have on the composition of classical music in the twentieth century?

Jacksonville Harbour, Florida (1894)

Delius and America

Article by:
Daniel M. Grimley

Daniel M. Grimley considers how African American music influenced the works of Fredrick Delius.

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Ballet in Paris

Ballet in Paris in the early 20th century

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Jane Pritchard

Jane Pritchard discusses the ballet companies and their artists who were active in Paris in the early 20th century.

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Music and the Russian Revolution

Music and the Russian Revolution

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Pauline Fairclough

Pauline Fairclough discusses the impact of the Russian Revolution on Russian composers’ lives and careers.

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Music and the Holocaust

Music and the Holocaust

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Stephen Muir

Stephen Muir examines the impact of the Holocaust on musicians and musical life in Germany and Austria in the Second World War.

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British composers in the early 20th century

British composers in the early 20th century

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Jeremy Dibble

Jeremy Dibble gives an overview of British composers in the early 20th century and their context.

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Folksong revival in the early 20th century

Folksong revival in the early 20th century

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Eric Saylor

Eric Saylor surveys the social contexts and musical impact of the folksong revival in the early 20th century.

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Delius in his garden

Delius, Paris, Grez

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Lionel Carley

Lionel Carley explores composer Frederick Delius’s long association with France, and how the distinctive landscapes of Paris and Grez-sur-Loing inspired some of his most famous scores.

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Vaughan Williams and The English Hymnal

Vaughan Williams and The English Hymnal

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Simon Wright

Simon Wright explores the role of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in selecting and arranging the music for The English Hymnal

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Enigma variations

Exploring Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations

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Julian Rushton

Julian Rushton discusses the early history of Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations.

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Society of Women Musicians

The Society of Women Musicians

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Sophie Fuller

Sophie Fuller discusses the history of the Society of Women Musicians and some of its leading members

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Holst and India

Holst and India

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Nalini Ghuman

Nalini Ghuman discusses the influence of Indian culture on Gustav Holst's music

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Music politics and society theme

Promoting New Music in Britain

Article by:
Annika Forkert

Annika Forkert explores some intersections between British composition and music programming and the so-called new music in Europe.

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Further themes

Creative process

Find out how sketches, drafts, proofs and annotations can reveal the inner workings of a composer's mind

Music and modernism

Explore how composers after 1900 challenged and reinterpreted musical traditions

Music and place

Learn more about the impact of nationalism, folksong and a sense of place on classical music since 1900

Music and words

Discover the relationship between music and words in classical music written since 1900

Music for stage and screen

Learn more about the collaboration between composers and other artists in the creation of works for stage and screen

Music, politics and society

Discover the impact of war, political unrest and social structures on music composed since 1900

Musical style

Explore approaches to musical style in classical music composed since 1900

Performance and reception

Learn more about the performance of twentieth-century classical music and how it was received