Music, politics and society

What impact did politics and society have on the composition and performance of classical music since 1900?

Music and the Russian Revolution

Music and the Russian Revolution

Article by:
Pauline Fairclough

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

Themes:
Musical style, Music and place, Music, politics and society
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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.

Themes:
Music and words, Music and place, Performance and reception, Music, politics and society
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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

Themes:
Music and place, Music and words, Music, politics and society, Music for stage and screen, Performance and reception
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Music and the First World War

Music and the First World War

Article by:
Kate Kennedy

Kate Kennedy examines the impact of the First World War on British composers and the music composed both during the war and in its aftermath.

Theme:
Music, politics and society
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Music and the Holocaust

Music and the Holocaust

Article by:
Stephen Muir

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

Themes:
Music and place, Music, politics and society
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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.

Themes:
Performance and reception, Music and place, Music, politics and society, Music for stage and screen
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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