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20th Century Music - Music Beyond 1900

Also known as the Age of Technology, 20th Century Music took full advantage of new technologies as they became available. Not constricted by rules of the classical period, composers had the stylistic freedom to write however they pleased. Discover the many colors that 20th Century Music has to offer in the pages that follow.

9/11 Classical Music
There have been many artistic tributes to the tragedy of 9/11, including classical music. Here are ten pieces of classical music dedicated to the horrible events and lost lives of 9/11.

Catcerto
CATcerto, a four minute orchestral piece featuring Nora the Piano Cat, was composed by Lithuanian conductor/composer, Minaugas Piecaitis, and premiered on June 5, 2009, at the Klaipėda Concert Hall in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Its YouTube video has been viewed over 1 million times! Learn more about Catcerto and why people like it!

The Rite of Spring Riot, 1913
The "Rite of Spring" riot is a well-known event that occurred in 1913. Audience members were so shocked by Stravinksy's "Rite of Spring" ballet, violent rioting ensued. Learn more about the Rite of Spring riot.

Young Stars of Classical Music
In the sea of young classical musicians, the talent each one possesses is something of which to be proud. However, merely possessing the talent will not get one very far. It takes hard work and many years of sacrifice and dedication to achieve the level of success similar to these four young classical musicians.

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez
Information about Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

Carl Orff's O Fortuna
Notes and background information of Carl Orff's O Fortuna from Carmina Burana.

Erik Satie - Trois Gymnopedies
Erik Satie's Trois Gymnopedies are wonderful pieces of music for piano. Learn about the background of Satie's Gymnopedies.

Ubi Caritas Lyrics and Translation
This age old Gregorian chant is thought of have originated before the Catholic Mass was formed. Learn the lyrics and translation of Ubi Caritas.

20th Century Works
This comprehensive site alphabetically lists 20th Century composers, thier works, and links to their biographys and home pages.

Music History Online : Music of the 20th Century
An extensive index of articles and definitions explaining the many forms of music in the 20th Century period.

Popular U.S. Classical Composers
Famous classical composers aren't only from Western Europe, there are also many well known and critically acclaimed American composers. Though it would be impossible to list each one, I've put together a brief list of famous American classical composers.

Essential Twentieth Century Music
Good Music Guide reviews albums they believe to be "essential" to any lover (or beginner) of 20th century music.

Ralph Vaughan Williams "Fantasia on Christmas Carols"
Vaughan Williams "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" is a forgotten gem rarely performed. Learn about this beautiful Christmas work.

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