Music Term: Twentieth century music
Twentieth century music
Definition and background:
Twentieth Century Music is of great variety and very difficult to categorize, a problem which arose from the breakdown of the tonal system sin use during the 18th and 19th centuries. With this breakdown, there was no longer a stable foundation on which to build a "common practice" of smusic. New and unimagined possibilities resulted but no new stable system sdeveloped.
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