Music and words

How did composers select texts and set words to music in the period after 1900?

British composers in the early 20th century

British composers in the early 20th century

Article by:
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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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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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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Stravinsky and Neoclassicism

Stravinsky and Neoclassicism

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Stephen Walsh

Stephen Walsh discusses Neoclassicism as a concept focussing on the music of Stravinsky who extensively used this compositional ‘attitude’ in his music, becoming the most famous Neoclassicist in 20th-century music history.

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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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Michael Tippett - Child of our Time

Shadow and light in war and peace: Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time

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Oliver Soden

Oliver Soden discusses the historical context and inspiration behind Michael Tippett’s famous ‘modern oratorio’ A Child of our Time.

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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