Music for stage and screen

Explore music for stage and screen, and the context in which it was written

Music for film

Music for film: Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten

Article by:
Nicholas Clark

Music formed an important component of the propaganda and educational films produced during the Second World War and its immediate aftermath. In this article, Nicholas Clark explores the film scores composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten between 1940 and 1948.

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Ballet in Paris

Ballet in Paris in the early 20th century

Article by:
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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Stravinsky and Neoclassicism

Stravinsky and Neoclassicism

Article by:
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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Instruments of the orchestra

The use of the instruments of the orchestra

Article by:
Lucy Walker

Lucy Walker surveys three orchestral masterpieces of the early 20th century.

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Society of Women Musicians

The Society of Women Musicians

Article by:
Sophie Fuller

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

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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