Contemporary Classical Music – Sheet Music

After the Second World War, there emerged a new generation of composers, who sought to stretch the boundaries of music history, and find new and exciting styles and forms. Browse our sheet music and scores, take a look at our Modern Classical Music, and explore the wide world of contemporary music with Stretta Music today!

An Overview of Post-War Contemporary Music

Dodecaphony & Serialism

Dodecaphony or Serialism is the use of the twelve semi-tones as the harmonic and structural basis, rather than the traditional harmonic key structure which governed classical music until the turn of the twentieth century. Arnold Schoenberg was the father of twelve-tone composition in the 1930s. Moving into the post-war era, all dodecaphonic or serial musical parameters, including note lengths, dynamics and even timbres were set in rows. After 1948, the Darmstadt “holiday courses” became the centre of Dodecaphony or Serialism for almost a decade. Despite the mathematical and logical basis, twelve-tone composition still produced many highly emotional works such as Luigi Nono’s Il Canto sospeso.

Electronic Music

As the technical and electronic possibilities continued to grow and thrive after the war, the first studio solely dedicated to electronic music was founded in Cologne in 1951 by Herbert Eimert. Important electronic music composers were Edgar Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ernst Krenek, Maurice Kagel, Luciano Berio and Iannis Xenakis, who was also an assistant to the architect Le Corbusier.

Aleatoric Music

Aleatoric comes from the Latin “alea”, meaning dice. Aleatoric composition leaves elements of the music to chance. The American composer John Cage was the first to experiment with aleatoric music, and many others followed, in particular K. Stockhausen, P. Boulez, W. Lutosławski.

Soundscapes

Soundscape composition plays with sense and emotion, it uses long drawn musical landscapes to give the listener time to recognise and experience the music in a whole new way. The most important compositions include Atmosphères and Lontano by György Ligeti. Other works of this type were created by Luigi Nono, Krzysztof Penderecki, Iannis Xenakis.

Minimalism

Minimalism also came to Europe from the USA. Minimalism uses repetitive, wide blocks of sound, without strong contrasts or dramatic changes. It is in the repetition, with gradual, small changes, that the minimalist effect is achieved. The pioneers of minimalism in the 1960s were American composers Philip Glass, John Adams, Le Monte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich. They were followed in Europe by Henryk Górecki and Arvo Pärt.

Important Post-War Contemporary Classical Composers

Frederic Mompou - Music for Piano
Frederic Mompou

Music for Piano

The Original Edition

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 770308

22.99 €plus shipping
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György Kurtág - Játékok – Spiele – Games 1
György Kurtág

Játékok – Spiele – Games 1

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 197517

23.50 €plus shipping
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György Kurtág - Signs, Games and Messages
György Kurtág

Signs, Games and Messages

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 431698

18.70 €plus shipping
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ola Gjeilo - The Rose
Ola Gjeilo

The Rose

Walton Choral

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano, string quartet

Score, Parts

Item no.: 682191

43.00 €plus shipping
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Arvo Pärt - My Heart's in the Highlands
Arvo Pärt

My Heart's in the Highlands

for: Countertenor oder Alt und Orgel

Item no.: 364791

18.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Peter-Jan Wagemans - The Big Composers Cookery Book
Peter-Jan Wagemans

The Big Composers Cookery Book

Strategies and structures in new music from 1900-present

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 1011915

49.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc - Sextuor
Francis Poulenc

Sextuor

for: Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and French Horn

Score, Parts

Item no.: 325716

32.50 €plus shipping
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Francis Poulenc - Un soir de neige
Francis Poulenc

Un soir de neige

Petite cantate de chambre pour 6 voix mixtes ou chœur a cappella

for: Mixed choir (SSATBB) [6 voices] a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 335309

10.99 €plus shipping
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Arvo Pärt - Lieder aus der Kindheit

Ich bin schon groß

Arvo Pärt

Lieder aus der Kindheit

Entstanden zwischen 1965 und 1970 für verschiedene Schauspiel- und Zeichentrickfilme
in estnischen Kinderzimmern ein Klassiker

for: Children's choir, piano

Music score, Playback-CD

Item no.: 649498

25.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc - Dialogues des Carmélites – Dialogues of the Carmelites – Dialog der Karmeliterinnen
Francis Poulenc

Dialogues des Carmélites – Dialogues of the Carmelites – Dialog der Karmeliterinnen

Oper in drei Akten und zwölf Bildern

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 388721

32.50 €plus shipping
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Romance
Dmitri Shostakovich

Romance

Music for Strings

for: Cello

Music score

Item no.: 341098

13.99 €plus shipping
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Tôru Takemitsu - Songs
Tôru Takemitsu

Songs

for: Voice, piano

Item no.: 304272

44.50 €plus shipping
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Romance
Dmitri Shostakovich

Romance

from 'The Gadfly'

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 166226

13.99 €plus shipping
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Ryo Noda - Improvisation 1
Ryo Noda

Improvisation 1

Saxophone Mib Seul

for: Alto saxophone (E-flat)

Single edition

Item no.: 101092

10.99 €plus shipping
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Michael Vetter - Il flauto dolce ed acerbo
Michael Vetter

Il flauto dolce ed acerbo

Instructions and Exercises for Players of New Recorder Music

for: Recorder

Music lesson book (spiral binding)

Item no.: 413839

23.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Arvo Pärt - The Deer's Cry
Arvo Pärt

The Deer's Cry

für gemischten Chor (SATB) a cappella

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 490764

10.95 €plus shipping
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Eugène Bozza - Récit, Sicilienne And Rondo for Bassoon And Piano
Eugène Bozza

Récit, Sicilienne And Rondo for Bassoon And Piano

Klassik

for: Bassoon, piano

Score

Item no.: 184952

17.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Kaija Saariaho - Quatre Instants
Kaija Saariaho

Quatre Instants

for soprano and piano

for: Voice (soprano), piano

Music score

Item no.: 492845

28.99 €plus shipping
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Ola Gjeilo - Sunrise Mass
Ola Gjeilo

Sunrise Mass

Messe

for: Choir

CD

Item no.: 1149289

20.60 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Kaija Saariaho - Vent Nocturne
Kaija Saariaho

Vent Nocturne

or viola and electronic

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 473856

21.99 €plus shipping
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Francis Poulenc - L'Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant
Francis Poulenc

L'Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant

Words by Jean de Brunhoff.

for: Narrator, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 279903

14.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc - Mouvements Perpétuels
Francis Poulenc

Mouvements Perpétuels

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 279880

12.99 €plus shipping
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Benjamin Britten - Sacred and Profane op. 91
Benjamin Britten

Sacred and Profane op. 91

Eight medieval lyrics

for: Mixed choir (SSATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 120510

9.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Einojuhani Rautavaara - Suite de Lorca
Einojuhani Rautavaara

Suite de Lorca

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano

Choir score

Item no.: 457007

12.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Bernard Andrès - Danses d'automne
Bernard Andrès

Danses d'automne

6 pièces pour petite (ou grande) harpe

for: Harp

Music score

Item no.: 155161

19.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Benjamin Britten - Complete Folksong Arrangements – Middle/ Low Voice
Benjamin Britten

Complete Folksong Arrangements – Middle/ Low Voice

61 Songs

for: Voice (medium/low), piano

Music score

Item no.: 463745

41.00 €plus shipping
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Philip Glass - The Windcatcher
Philip Glass

The Windcatcher

Klassik

for: Saxophone Sextet

Score

Item no.: 635178

14.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
Jack Adler-McKean - The Techniques of Tuba Playing
Jack Adler-McKean

The Techniques of Tuba Playing

for: Tuba

Music lesson book

Item no.: 763731

60.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
The Well-Prepared Clavier

The Well-Prepared Clavier

New Album for the Young

for: Piano

Music score (anthology)

Item no.: 1008877

17.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Dmitri Shostakovich - Romance From The Suite The Gadfly
Dmitri Shostakovich

Romance From The Suite The Gadfly

The Walsh Collection

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 620179

7.50 €plus shipping
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György Kurtág - Signs, Games and Messages
György Kurtág

Signs, Games and Messages

Jelek, játékok és üzenetek

for: Violin, viola, cello (string trio)

Ensemble score

Item no.: 431769

18.70 €plus shipping
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Luciano Berio - Sequenza III
Luciano Berio

Sequenza III

for: Frauenstimme

Item no.: 113094

20.95 €plus shipping
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Krzysztof Penderecki - Die Teufel von Loudun
Krzysztof Penderecki

Die Teufel von Loudun

Oper in 3 Akten
Libretto vom Komponisten nach "The Devils of Loudun" von Aldous Huxley
in der Dramatisierung von John Whiting
unter Benutzung der deutschen Übertragung des Dramas von Erich Fried

for: Voices, narrator, orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 352432

63.00 €plus shipping
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Hanna Kulenty - The Little Ambulance
Hanna Kulenty

The Little Ambulance

for: 2 pianos

Music score

Item no.: 675064

8.55 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Michael Nyman - Film Music Piano Solo
Michael Nyman

Film Music Piano Solo

TV, Film, Musical und Show

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 216168

14.99 €plus shipping
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Eugène Bozza - Duettino For Two Bassoons
Eugène Bozza

Duettino For Two Bassoons

Klassik

for: 2 bassoons

Ensemble score

Item no.: 266853

24.99 €plus shipping
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Benjamin Britten - Two Ballads
Benjamin Britten

Two Ballads

for two voices (SS) and piano

for: 2 voices, piano

Score

Item no.: 564919

19.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Philip Glass - Three Songs
Philip Glass

Three Songs

Hymnen und Choräle

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 641120

10.99 €plus shipping
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Olivier Messiaen - Lecture at Notre-Dame
Olivier Messiaen

Lecture at Notre-Dame

Book

Item no.: 485803

7.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Eugène Bozza - Pulcinella For Clarinet And Piano
Eugène Bozza

Pulcinella For Clarinet And Piano

Klassik

for: Clarinet, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 239003

12.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de )
Witold Lutosławski - Five Songs
Witold Lutosławski

Five Songs

for female voice and piano
after poems from Kazimiera Illakowicz

for: Voice (high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 275544

20.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Ola Gjeilo - Song of the Universal
Ola Gjeilo

Song of the Universal

Serie: Choral

for: Women's choir (SSAA), string orchestra, piano

Piano reduction

Item no.: 633320

3.95 €plus shipping
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Benjamin Britten - Works for Voice and Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten

Works for Voice and Chamber Orchestra

The Masterworks Library

for: Voice, chamber orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 486288

40.00 €plus shipping
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Benjamin Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Benjamin Britten

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Oper in 3 Akten op. 64
Hawkes Pocket Scores HPS 734

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 348938

134.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Matthias Hermann - Extended Playing Techniques in the Music of Helmut Lachenmann
Matthias Hermann

Extended Playing Techniques in the Music of Helmut Lachenmann

CD-ROM (dt/en)

CD-ROM

Item no.: 614213

53.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de )
Aribert Reimann - Three Sonets
Aribert Reimann

Three Sonets

for: Voice (baritone), piano

Music score

Item no.: 102983

17.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de )

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