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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 this lesson, you'll explore the transition from Late-Romantic to Modern music through the compositional styles of Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, and Bela Bartok.

Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals

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

Jazz was one of the greatest contributions of American civilization to world culture. However, until the arrival of Gershwin and Bernstein, the genre was largely seen as lacking the refinement of other more classical forms.

Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

3. Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland were two ballet composers who were very different, yet similar in many respects. Explore the styles and contributions of each artist and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Rodgers and Hammerstein: Musicals, Songs and Plots

4. Rodgers and Hammerstein: Musicals, Songs and Plots

The team of Rodgers and Hammerstein was one of the most influential creative forces in the history of Broadway. Explore a few of their musicals and test your understanding of their legacy.

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

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

Jazz is one of the most American of art forms, and it has helped to define the country's culture. In this lesson, we will take a look at a few of the masters of the genre and how they made an impact on music of the twentieth century.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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