Performance and reception

Find out about the performance and reception of key works of twentieth-century classical music

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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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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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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Sketch of Frederick Delius' Late Swallows

Delius in performance

Article by:
Joanna Bullivant

Joanna Bullivant explores how Delius’s compositions were brought to life by various interpreters. Did he give his performers enough information and how important are the contributions made by the famous musicians with whom he worked?

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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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Second Viennese School

The Second Viennese School: Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern

Article by:
Mark Berry

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.

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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