Modernist Music

Simon T Shaw-Miller*

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This article examines the history of the so-called modernist music. It argues that music and its associated ideas are central to the concept of modernism for all, and considers the modernist condition of music itself. The article defines modernism in music as a normative shift which often figures at the level of form, and suggests that formalism is a defining characteristic of the major branch of modernism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Modernisms
EditorsP Brooker, A Gasiorek, D Longworth, A Thaker
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191743924, 9780199545445
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2010


  • Formalism
  • Modernism
  • Modernist art
  • Modernist music
  • Normative shift


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