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10.4: Introduction to Primitivism, Nationalism, and Neoclassicism

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  • In this section we’ll explore some other important trends of the early and middle years of the twentieth century: primitivism, nationalism, and neoclassicism. More importantly, we’ll examine the lives and compositional styles of significant composers who worked in or were influenced by those styles: Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich, and Copland.

    This section includes the following pages:

    • Primitivism
    • Igor Stravinsky
    • Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
    • Nationalism
    • Bela Bartok
    • Concerto for Orchestra
    • Aaron Copland
    • Rodeo
    • Neoclassicism
    • Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Symphony No. 5
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