Classical Modernism – Sheet Music & Scores

The classical modern period, 1900-1945, saw a great deal of cultural change, and many different composers helped shape the musical landscape of the early 20th century. Browse our sheet music and scores, take a look at our Classical Modern Sheet Music Downloads, and explore the wide world of classical modernism with Stretta Music today

Post-War Change

The horrors of World War I brought about such a shift in perspective, that art would never be the same again. The cultural and social changes that had already begun at the end of the 19th century led to new prospects, which were mirrored and expressed through various innovative artistic movements, them sum of which is called Classic Modernism.

Beyond Tonality

During the 20th century, the boundaries of tonality were stretched so far that one could no longer speak of tonal music. The most striking examples of this are polytonality, employed by composers like Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, and Charles Ives, and to an even greater extent serialism, the twelve-tone music of Arnold Schönberg and his students.

Return to Folk

The rise of nationalism in the late 19th century sparked a great interest in rediscovering folk music. New technical developments, such as the invention of the phonograph, also made it easier to document and collect folk music. Great folk Pioneers were the Romanian composer Béla Bartók, the Czech composer Leo Janáček, the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, and the Australian-American composer Percy Grainger.

This development led to a new idiom within classical music, both melodically and rhythmically. Good examples of the integration of folklore into classical modern music are the melodies from Janáček’s Jenufa, which are based on the rhythm and intonation of the Czech language, and Bartók’s Second Violin Rhapsody.

Expressionism & Serialism

Expressionists aimed to capture true emotions without glossing over them. Above all, they looked at the subjective inner world, in contrast to the outer world, and left all traditional ideals of beauty behind.

Expressionist music is characterised by dissonance, extreme dynamics and great contrasts in colour, pitch and effect. In music, expressionism is generally associated with the Second Viennese School, founded by Arnold Schönberg and his students Anton Webern and Alban Berg, and the dodecaphonic, twelve-tone technique they used, known as serialism.

Examples of expressionist music include Schönberg’s Erwartung, 1909, and Berg’s Wozzeck, 1922.

Neoclassicism

Another classical modern departure from the ideals of the Romantic Period was to draw on forms and tropes of the Baroque Period and the Classical Period. This was expressed in the use of traditional musical forms, as in Martinů’s Concerto da Camara, 1937, the use of traditional instrumentation, as in Manuel de Falla’s Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Cello, 1926, and also in the use of thematic material from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, 1920.

Important Classical Modern Composers

Otakar Ševčík - 40 Variations op. 3
Otakar Ševčík

40 Variations op. 3

Sevcik Violin Studies

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 199441

7.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Paul Taffanel et al. - 17 Big Daily Finger Exercices
Paul Taffanel, Philippe Gaubert

17 Big Daily Finger Exercices

De Mecanisme Flute (Lehrmaterial) (Teaching material)

for: Flute

Music lesson book

Item no.: 100761

27.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - School of Bowing Technique op. 2/1
Otakar Ševčík

School of Bowing Technique op. 2/1

The Original Sevcik Violin Studies

for: Violin

Music lesson book

Item no.: 168621

9.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc - Sonata
Francis Poulenc

Sonata

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 279909

14.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Erik Satie et al. - Trois Gymnopédies
Erik Satie, Robert Orledge

Trois Gymnopédies

edited by Robert Orledge

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 851257

5.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - Violin Studies op. 8
Otakar Ševčík

Violin Studies op. 8

Sevcik Violin Studies (Teaching material, Technique)

for: Violin

Item no.: 199371

9.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Frederic Mompou - Music for Piano
Frederic Mompou

Music for Piano

The Original Edition

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 770308

22.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Béla Bartók - Mikrokosmos 1 (Vol. 1 & 2)
Béla Bartók

Mikrokosmos 1 (Vol. 1 & 2)

Edited from the sources
Wiener Urtext Edition

for: Piano

Music lesson book (urtext edition)

Item no.: 659960

24.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Engelbert Humperdinck - Abends, will ich schlafen gehn
Engelbert Humperdinck

Abends, will ich schlafen gehn

Evening Blessing from the Fairy-Tale Opera "Hänsel und Gretel"

for: 2 voices, piano

Piano score

Item no.: 356796

6.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Béla Bartók - Mikrokosmos 1
Béla Bartók

Mikrokosmos 1

153 Progressive Piano Pieces
No. 1-36
New Definitive Edition

for: Piano

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 197460

15.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Marcel Dupré - Seventy–Nine Chorales for the Organ op. 28
Marcel Dupré

Seventy–Nine Chorales for the Organ op. 28

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 403696

20.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Ernst von Dohnányi - Essential Finger Exercises
Ernst von Dohnányi

Essential Finger Exercises

for obtaining a sure piano technique

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 197483

13.90 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Paul Taffanel et al. - Méthode Complète de Flûte 1
Paul Taffanel, Philippe Gaubert

Méthode Complète de Flûte 1

for: Flute

Music lesson book

Item no.: 101078

19.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Richard Strauss - Morgen!
Richard Strauss

Morgen!

G-Dur op. 27/4

for: Voice (high), violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 697326

10.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc - Sonata For Cello And Piano
Francis Poulenc

Sonata For Cello And Piano

Klassik

for: Cello

Book

Item no.: 177312

34.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Marcel Dupré - Method for the Organ
Marcel Dupré

Method for the Organ

for: Organ

Music lesson book

Item no.: 101070

30.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Richard Strauss - Four last songs op. AV 150
Richard Strauss

Four last songs op. AV 150

for: Voice (high), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 198575

23.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - School of Bowing Technique for Cello Opus 2 Part 1
Otakar Ševčík

School of Bowing Technique for Cello Opus 2 Part 1

Sevcik Cello Studies

for: Cello

Music lesson book

Item no.: 199409

13.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - Changes Of Position & Preparatory Scale Studies op. 8
Otakar Ševčík

Changes Of Position & Preparatory Scale Studies op. 8

Sevcik Viola Studies

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 199721

7.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Kurt Weill - Kurt Weill Songs
Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill Songs

A Centennial Anthology 2

for: Voice, piano

Music score

Item no.: 223380

35.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Stephen Adams - The Holy City
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Stephen Adams

The Holy City

Jerusalem
for Voice (Medium / High) and Piano

for: Voice (medium/high), piano

Sheet music

Item no.: 2982

3.50 €
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Sergei Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Vocalise

for flute and piano
Mitropa Instrumental Series

for: Flute, piano

Score, part

Item no.: 634029

12.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Manuel María Ponce - 24 Preludios
Manuel María Ponce

24 Preludios

Wissenschaftlichen Ausgabe mit Fingersätzen und analytischen Texten

for: Classical guitar

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 766962

26.22 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Rebecca Clarke - Song Album
Rebecca Clarke

Song Album

for: Voice (medium/high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 339788

25.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Robert Pracht - Neue Bratsche–Etüden 3 op. 15
Robert Pracht

Neue Bratsche–Etüden 3 op. 15

Violin-Etüden transponiert für Viola

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 473428

19.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story - Piano/Vocal Selections

Jet Song

Leonard Bernstein

West Side Story - Piano/Vocal Selections

Piano/Vocal Selections with Piano Recording

for: Voice, piano

Book, CD

Item no.: 607210

28.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Alan Ridout - Ferdinand
Alan Ridout

Ferdinand

for speaker and solo violin

for: Violin, narrator

Music score

Item no.: 646956

8.75 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - Schule der Violintechnik op.1/1
Otakar Ševčík

Schule der Violintechnik op.1/1

Heft 1
1. Lage

for: Violin

Music lesson book

Item no.: 620953

7.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Benjamin Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra op. 34
Benjamin Britten

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra op. 34

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell with narrator ad lib.
Hawkes Pocket Scores HPS 606

for: Symphonic orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 198730

19.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - The School of Violin Technics op. 1
Otakar Ševčík

The School of Violin Technics op. 1

Complete Edition (Parts I-IV)
Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 607291

22.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Richard Strauss - 57 Lieder – High voice
Richard Strauss

57 Lieder – High voice

for: Voice (high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 767296

39.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Béla Bartók - For Children 1
Béla Bartók

For Children 1

Kleine Klaviersätze unter Verwendung slowakischer Volksmeldodien
Henle Urtext Editions

for: Piano

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 672400

16.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - School of Bowing Technique I und II
Otakar Ševčík

School of Bowing Technique I und II

for: Cello

Music lesson book

Item no.: 681841

14.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Béla Bartók - Mikrokosmos - Complete
Béla Bartók

Mikrokosmos - Complete

Piano Solo Book

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 659419

35.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Dona Nobis Pacem
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Dona Nobis Pacem

A cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra

for: 2 solo voices (SBar), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 334417

21.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - School of Bowing Technique  op. 2/1
Otakar Ševčík

School of Bowing Technique op. 2/1

Sevcik Viola Studies

for: Viola

Music lesson book

Item no.: 199717

11.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík - School of Technique 1 op. 1/1
Otakar Ševčík

School of Technique 1 op. 1/1

Sevcik Viola Studies

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 199714

7.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Hugo Wolf - Italienisches Liederbuch
Hugo Wolf

Italienisches Liederbuch

Hugo Wolf Gesamtausgabe (Complete edition)

for: Voice, piano

Music score

Item no.: 417819

24.24 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Knut Nystedt - Peace I Leave With You
Knut Nystedt

Peace I Leave With You

Mit Klavierbegleitung zu Übungszwecken

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 327919

2.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–5 weeks
Benjamin Britten - Complete Folksong Arrangements – High voice
Benjamin Britten

Complete Folksong Arrangements – High voice

61 Songs

for: Voice (high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 463744

35.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Bohuslav Martinů - Sonatina For Clarinet And Piano H.356
Bohuslav Martinů

Sonatina For Clarinet And Piano H.356

for: Clarinet, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 100980

25.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Vladislav Blazhevich - 70 Studies for Bb Flat Tuba BC Vol. 1
Vladislav Blazhevich

70 Studies for Bb Flat Tuba BC Vol. 1

Music for Brass (Robert King)

for: Bb Tuba

Book

Item no.: 247724

14.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Zequinha de Abreu - Tico–Tico
Zequinha de Abreu

Tico–Tico

du film "Saludos Amigos"
Samba Fotrot

for: Accordion; voice ad lib.

Single edition

Item no.: 222832

6.75 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Erik Satie et al. - Intégrale des œuvres pour piano vol. 1 - 3
Erik Satie, Robert Orledge

Intégrale des œuvres pour piano vol. 1 - 3

Durand-Salabert-Eschig-Signature Series

for: Piano

Bücher-Set

Item no.: 851262

63.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Grażyna Bacewicz - Easy Pieces 1
Grażyna Bacewicz

Easy Pieces 1

na skrzypce i fortepian
zeszyt 1

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 212628

10.70 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Frank Bridge - Three Songs
Frank Bridge

Three Songs

for: Voice (medium), viola, piano

Score, part

Item no.: 340875

12.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Eugène Bozza - Fantaisie Pastorale Opus 37
Eugène Bozza

Fantaisie Pastorale Opus 37

Klassik

for: Oboe, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 100862

17.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Jean Sibelius - Puusarja op. 75
Jean Sibelius

Puusarja op. 75

5 Klavierstücke op.75

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 629100

24.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Béla Bartók - Duets for descant recorders
Béla Bartók

Duets for descant recorders

from the Children's and Female Choruses

for: 2 descant recorders

Ensemble score

Item no.: 659485

10.65 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )
Béla Bartók - 20 Duos
Béla Bartók

20 Duos

aus den "44 Duos für zwei Violinen"

for: Flute, clarinet

Ensemble score

Item no.: 697246

17.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
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