The Phenomenon of Musical Modernism in the European Culture of the 20th Century: Prerequisites, Patterns, Stages




European culture, postclassical type of culture, modernism, style, musical modernism, evolution, periodization, musical language


The relevance of the study and scientific novelty of the research are determined by its main objective and consist in revealing the phenomenon of musical modernism by discovering its specific characteristics in terms of definition, temporal attribution and internal periodization, as well as in the introduction of appropriate conceptual and terminological discourse.

Methodology of the research: historical method reveals the general content and artistic specificity of the selected segment of European musical history; culturological method focuses research on the category of type of culture, which allows to raise it to a much higher level of musical-historical generalization; systemic method embodies the most effective approach to the analysis of disparate, but extremely rich cultural facts, as well as introduces a relevant view of the musical history of the twentieth century; phenomenological method provides the study of certain conceptual contours and promotes the semantic differentiation involved in the analysis of multilevel cultural and artistic phenomena.

Conclusions. The main results and conclusions of the study of musical modernism proposed in the article allow us to consider this phenomenon as an epoch-making period in European culture of the first half of the last century; to reveal its transitional essence in the movement of European art from the classical to the postclassical type of culture; to affirm the fundamental role of intra-stylistic processes of development of modernist musical culture as multiple, decentralized and pluralistic in nature; to introduce the concept of “stylistic complex”, which marks the early, central and late stages of the evolution of musical modernism; to outline the circle of cardinal changes in the field of academic musical vocabulary of the first half of the 20 th century and to define cross-cutting lines of further cultural development.

Significance of the research. The scientific novelty of the article is due to the presentation in general terms of the author's concept of musical modernism, consistent with the well-established approaches of Western musicology, but independent in a number of specific positions.

Author Biography

Olena Korchova, Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine

Candidate of Art Criticism, Associate Professor, Professor at the Department of World Music History


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