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

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: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Béla Bartók

Mikrokosmos - Complete

Piano Solo Book

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 659419

35.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík

School of Bowing Technique I und II

for: Cello

Music lesson book

Item no.: 681841

14.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Benjamin Britten

Two Ballads

for two voices (SS) and piano

for: 2 voices, piano

Score

Item no.: 564919

19.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Richard Strauss

Acht Gedichte op. 10 TrV 141

für mittlere Stimme und Klavier
aus „Letzte Blätter“ von Hermann von Gilm

for: Voice (medium), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 676196

18.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Mario Pilati

Sonata

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 681335

13.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Samuel Barber - Ten Selected Songs

Bessie Bobtail (Demo)

Samuel Barber

Ten Selected Songs

for low voice and piano

for: Voice (low), piano

Music score, Playback-CD

Item no.: 624857

24.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
Lili Boulanger

Psalm 24 LB 36

geeignet für den Adventsgottesdienst
Französische Kirchenmusik – Urtext (erste kritische Ausgabe)

for: Soloist (tenor), mixed choir (SATB), piano [organ]

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 679014

17.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Passover Psalm op. 30

for soprano, mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra
Hymn to Hebrew prayers from the Haggada

for: Soloist (soprano), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 681722

39.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Elizabeth Maconchy

Music as Impassioned Argument

Studien zur Wertungsforschung Band 59

Book

Item no.: 679828

28.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Lili Boulanger

Hymn to the sun LB 24

Urtext (erste kritische Ausgabe)

for: Solo voice (alto), mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 679015

17.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Constanze Wimmer, Helmut Schmidinger

Alban Berg: Violin Concerto

Materials For Communicating Music
Listening Lab 1

Book

Item no.: 620674

39.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Richard Strauss

Schlichte Weisen op. 21 TrV 160

Fünf Gedichte von Felix Dahn für Gesang (hoch) und Klavier

for: Voice (high), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 682773

18.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Richard Strauss

Zwei Lieder op. 26 TrV 166

für mittlere Stimme und Klavier
nach dem Text der "Richard Strauss Werke - Kritische Ausgabe (RSW)"

for: Voice (medium), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 676198

14.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
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Amy Beach

All Hail The Pow'r Of Jesus' Name

for: Mixed choir (SATB), organ

Score, choir score

Item no.: 6472

5.50 €
Instantly available.
Richard Strauss

Zwei Lieder op. 26 TrV 166

für Gesang (hoch) und Klavier
nach dem Text der "Richard Strauss Werke - Kritische Ausgabe (RSW)"

for: Voice (high), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 675608

14.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Lili Boulanger

Hymne to the sun LB 24

Urtext (erste kritische Ausgabe)
Staffelpreise auf Anfrage

for: Solo voice (alto), mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 679032

4.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík

40 Variations op. 3

Sevcik Violin Studies

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 199441

7.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc

Sonata

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 279909

14.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Frederic Mompou

Music for Piano

The Original Edition

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 770308

22.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík

Cello Studies Op. 3 - 40 Variations

Sevcik Cello Studies

for: Cello

Music lesson book

Item no.: 199415

7.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Erik Satie, Robert Orledge

Trois Gymnopédies

éditées par Robert Orledge

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 851257

5.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Julio Salvador Sagreras

Guitar Lessons 1-3

Las primeras, segundas y terceras lecciones de guitarra

for: Classical guitar

Music lesson book

Item no.: 132129

39.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
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
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Ernst von Dohnányi

Essential Finger Exercises

for obtaining a sure piano technique

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 197483

12.80 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Marcel Dupré

Method for the Organ

for: Organ

Music lesson book

Item no.: 101070

30.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Richard Strauss

57 Lieder – High voice

for: Voice (high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 767296

39.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Richard Strauss

Four last songs op. AV 150

for: Voice (high), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 198575

23.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Otakar Ševčík

Schule der Violintechnik op.1/1

Heft 1
1. Lage

for: Violin

Music lesson book

Item no.: 620953

8.25 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Alan Ridout

Ferdinand

for speaker and solo violin

for: Violin, narrator

Music score

Item no.: 646956

8.75 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Marcel Dupré

Complete course in organ improvisation 1

Preparatory Exercises for free Improvisation

for: Organ

Music lesson book

Item no.: 101001

30.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Richard Strauss

Morgen!

G-Dur op. 27/4

for: Voice (high), violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 697326

9.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc

Sonata For Cello And Piano

Klassik

for: Cello

Book

Item no.: 177312

34.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Zoltán Kodály

Choral Method

333 Reading Exercises
Revised English Edition takem from 1966 Hungarian Edition

for: Voice [choir]

Music lesson book

Item no.: 475518

12.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Hugo Wolf

Italienisches Liederbuch

Hugo Wolf Gesamtausgabe (Complete edition)

for: Voice, piano

Music score

Item no.: 417819

24.24 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Jean Sibelius

Piano Pieces

18 selected pieces

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 635295

20.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Jean Françaix

Concerto

for: Clarinet, orchestra

Piano reduction, solo part

Item no.: 358524

17.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Peter-Jan Wagemans

The Big Composers Cookery Book

Strategies and structures in new music from 1900-present

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 1011915

49.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Rebecca Clarke

Songs with Piano

Liederalbum

for: Voice (medium/high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 339788

25.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )

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