Ch 19: Modern Music

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about the different aspects of music in the modern period. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz to help check your understanding of topics like atonal music, experimental music and modern musical instruments.

Modern Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In the modern period, composers experiment and explore various new concepts and use new forms of musical instruments. Modern music takes things from the past and mixes it with new ideas. This leads to a distinct sound and style. In this chapter, our instructors will teach you about the transition from the late-romantic period and the new genres that emerged during this modern era. You'll get to study things like:

  • Symphonies, impressionism and folk songs
  • The influence of jazz on modern music
  • How musicals evolved over time in storytelling and compositions

Video Objective
Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern Take a look at symphonies, impressionism and folk songs.
Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals Study the influence of jazz, operas and musicals.
Stavinsky & Copland: Baller Contributions and Styles See the contributions made by Stavinsky and Copland.
Rodgers and Hammerstein: Musicals, Songs and Plots Learn about how two people transformed and redefined Broadway musicals.
Jazz Masters: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter & More Explore how these three key musicians inspired other artists and how they continue to shape the genre of jazz music to this day.

5 Lessons in Chapter 19: Modern Music
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern

1. Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern

In the transition from Late-Romantic to Modern music, three composers reigned supreme: Mahler, Debussy, and Bartok. Explore turn-of-the-century music and meet the composers who led the charge into Modernism.

Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals

2. Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals

George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein combined jazz with classical music, bringing the jazz medium to musical theater audiences. Learn about the lives of Gershwin and Bernstein, and explore the jazz influence in their operas and musicals.

Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

3. Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

Stravinsky and Copland were ballet composers of the 20th century that experimented with different styles of music based on their cultures. Learn about the ballet contributions and styles of Igor Stravinsky of Russia and Aaron Copeland of America.

Rodgers and Hammerstein: Musicals, Songs and Plots

4. Rodgers and Hammerstein: Musicals, Songs and Plots

Rodgers and Hammerstein are considered by many to be creative legends in the world of American Broadway musicals of the mid-20th century. Investigate the plots and beloved songs of three of their most famous musicals: 'Oklahoma', 'The King and I', and 'The Sound of Music', and learn their formula which helped propel Rodgers and Hammerstein to change the world of musical theater forever.

Jazz Masters: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter & More

5. Jazz Masters: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter & More

Jazz helped define the country's culture and is one of the most American art forms. Discover jazz masters Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Cole Porter, and learn how they made an impact on the music of the twentieth century.

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