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(On-rikh Gor’-rets-ke) 1933–2010 Polish composer As a young composer, Górecki made a name for himself as a leading member of the Polish avant-garde in works such as Scontri (1960) for orchestra. During the following decade he moved towards a more emotionally expressive and modal musical language, incorporating elements of Polish traditional and sacred music. The Symphony No. 3 (Symphony ...

Source: Classical Music Encyclopedia, founding editor Stanley Sadie
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b. 1932 English composer A member of the Manchester New Music Group, Goehr studied also in Paris with Messiaen. He attended the Darmstadt Summer School in 1956, but ultimately found its orthodoxy too dogmatic. Works such as the Little Symphony (1963) instead attempt a synthesis of serial elements with modality and traditional formal models. The music of Johann Sebastian ...

Source: Classical Music Encyclopedia, founding editor Stanley Sadie
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Contemporary music whose ancestry lies in the Western classical tradition finds itself in a curious position. Nothing illustrates this better than the fact that we are not entirely sure what to call it. The label ‘classical’ seems anachronistic, especially when applied to composers who have challenged some of the fundamental assumptions of the classical tradition. ‘Concert music’ is similarly problematic ...

Source: Classical Music Encyclopedia, founding editor Stanley Sadie
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After the devastation wrought in Europe by World War II, the urgent task of rebuilding the continent’s war-torn urban fabric demanded radical solutions. These were found in the centralized urban planning advocated before the war by architects such as Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Writing in 1953, the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) created an explicit analogy ...

Source: Classical Music Encyclopedia, founding editor Stanley Sadie
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After the cataclysmic upheaval of World War II subsided, it was clear that a very different musical world would result. The conflict had led to the dislocation, destruction and occupation of major cities in Germany and central Europe, coupled with the dispersal of their leading creative figures around the globe. It was inevitable that fresh centres, directions ...

Source: Classical Music Encyclopedia, founding editor Stanley Sadie
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Ideological divisions and oppressive regimes had a significant impact on the first four decades of post-war music, particularly in Eastern Europe. The 15 symphonies of Shostakovich are now widely seen as political statements, sometimes overt, sometimes covert, as with the Tenth Symphony (1953) and its haunting depiction of Russia under Stalinism. Dissent also found expression in the ...

Source: Classical Music Encyclopedia, founding editor Stanley Sadie
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Jungle and UK garage are often cited as the only real British contributions to electronic music, but the slow motion beats of trip hop are also steeped in the multi-cultural sounds of UK music. Influenced by 1980s dub acts like On-U-Sound, Adrian Sherwood and African Headcharge and their own sound system backgrounds, Bristol based acts like Smith & ...

Source: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music, general editor Paul Du Noyer
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