DatesThe 20thCentury era in music wasfrom 1900 to the year 2000.
General DescriptionLots of extra instruments were added to theorchestra. New inventions increased thesize of the space needed for an orchestra.New instruments include the piccolo (tinyflute), Cor Anglais (a bigger oboe), bassclarinet and saxophones were sometimesused.
Composers• John Cage (American)• Igor Stravinsky (Russian)• Benjamin Britten (English)
Types of Music• Song cycles – long vocal pieces accompaniedby a piano• Music for film – as theme tunes and musictoadd to dramatic moments in films• Nationalism – pieces in the style of a particularcountry• Experimental music – using unusual soundsand weird effects• Pop music – chart music and recorded musicfor sale
Is there any other information Ineedtoknow?• Some 20th century music is written down asgraphics instead of musical notation.• Lots of styles exist now: Jazz, Country andWestern, R&B, Garage, Hip Hop, Latin are just afew……..• Lots of music has been influenced by music fromforeign countries.• Music today is recorded and the music industrymakes millions of pounds in sales every year.