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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

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

22.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Hanna Kulenty

The Little Ambulance

for: 2 pianos

Music score

Item no.: 675064

8.55 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
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: 2–3 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 )
Harry Partch

Barstow

for Tenor, Baritone, Chorus and four Instruments
Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptations from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California

for: 2 voices (TBar), chamber ensemble

Study score

Item no.: 675039

17.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Harry Partch

Y. D. Fantasy

for soprano and four instruments
on the Words of an Early American Tune

for: Voice (soprano), chamber ensemble

Study score

Item no.: 229227

8.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Wilhelm Killmayer

Huit Poésies de Mallarmé (1993-1995)

Fassung für Koloratursopran und Klavier

for: Voice (soprano), piano

Piano reduction

Item no.: 624412

23.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Naji Hakim

Our Lady's Minstrel

Three poems for Soprano and Piano

for: Voice (soprano), piano

2 Scores

Item no.: 679274

22.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Constanze Wimmer, Helmut Schmidinger

Alban Berg: Violinkonzert

Materials For Communicating Music
Listening Lab 1

Book

Item no.: 620674

39.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Matthew Brown

Sole Watchman of the Flying Stars

for two Mixed Choirs (SMezATBarB/SATB) a cappella

for: 2 mixed choirs (SMATBarB/SATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 676398

12.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Arvo Pärt - Lieder aus der Kindheit

Ich bin schon groß (Demo)

Arvo Pärt

Lieder aus der Kindheit

für Kinderchor und Klavier (Ensemble)

for: Children's choir, piano

Choir score

Item no.: 663230

13.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Arvo Pärt

Morning Star

für gemischten Chor a cappella (2007)

for: Mixed choir a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 330775

9.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Nina C. Young

Void

for soprano, viola and piano

for: Voice, viola, piano

2 Scores, single part

Item no.: 684504

45.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Harry Partch

The Letter

A Depression Message from a Hobo Friend from "The Wayward"
for voice and instruments

for: Voice, ensemble

Study score

Item no.: 674561

8.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Barry Russell

Everything we do is Music

Cross-curricular Experiments in Sound based on the Music of John Cage
John Cage Educational Resource Book vol.1

Book

Item no.: 659552

19.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks
Harry Partch

Dark Brother

for voice and four instruments
Final Two Pragraphs from Thomas Wolfe’s “God’s Lonely Man”

for: Voice, ensemble

Study score

Item no.: 207380

12.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 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 )
György Kurtág

Játékok – Spiele – Games 1

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 197517

23.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
György Kurtág

Zeichen, Spiele und Botschaften für Violine

Solo

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 431698

18.70 €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 )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
Dmitri Shostakovich

Romance

from 'The Gadfly'

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 166226

13.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Anthony Plog

Method for Trumpet 1

Warm-Up Exercises and Etudes

for: Trumpet

Music lesson book

Item no.: 456992

17.75 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Kaija Saariaho

Vent Nocturne

or viola and electronic

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 473856

21.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Eugène Bozza

Fantaisie Pastorale Opus 37

Klassik

for: Oboe, piano

Book

Item no.: 100862

17.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Paert, Arvo

My Heart's in the Highlands

for: Countertenor oder Alt und Orgel

Item no.: 364791

16.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Benjamin Britten

Complete Folksong Arrangements – Middle/ Low Voice

61 Songs

for: Voice (medium/low), piano

Music score

Item no.: 463745

41.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Arvo Pärt

The Deer's Cry

für gemischten Chor (SATB) a cappella

for: Mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 490764

9.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc

Sextuor

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

Score, Parts

Item no.: 325716

32.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bohuslav Martinů

Sonatina For Clarinet And Piano H.356

for: Clarinet, piano

Book

Item no.: 100980

25.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 4–5 working days (de )
Benjamin Britten

Rejoice in the Lamb op. 30

Festival Cantata

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), organ

Piano reduction

Item no.: 301677

17.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Luciano Berio

Sequenza III

for: Frauenstimme

Item no.: 113094

18.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
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: 1–2 working days (de )
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
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Ryo Noda

Improvisation 1

Saxophone Mib Seul

for: Alto saxophone (E-flat)

Single edition

Item no.: 101092

10.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Jack Adler-McKean

The Techniques of Tuba Playing

for: Tuba

Music lesson book

Item no.: 763731

54.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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: 2–3 working days (de )
Ola Gjeilo

The Rose

Walton Choral

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

Score, Parts

Item no.: 682191

42.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Bernard Andrès

Danses d'automne

6 pièces pour petite (ou grande) harpe

for: Harp

Music score

Item no.: 155161

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

Récit, Sicilienne And Rondo for Bassoon And Piano

Klassik

for: Bassoon, piano

Score

Item no.: 184952

17.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Eugène Bozza

Duettino For Two Bassoons

Klassik

for: Bassoon Duet

Book

Item no.: 266853

24.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc

Mouvements Perpétuels

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 279880

12.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Dmitri Shostakovich

Romance From The Suite The Gadfly

The Walsh Collection

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 620179

7.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
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
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Ola Gjeilo

Song of the Universal

Serie: Choral

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

Piano reduction

Item no.: 633320

3.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Tôru Takemitsu

Songs

for: Voice, piano

Item no.: 304272

44.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 months
Eugène Bozza

Nocturne-Danse For Bassoon And Piano

Klassik

for: Bassoon, piano

Book

Item no.: 267139

24.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Rebecca Saunders

O

for: Voice (soprano) a cappella

Music score

Item no.: 683515

29.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–6 weeks

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