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Music: An Appreciation: An Appreciation, Brief 4/e
Roger Kamien, Hebrew University

The Twentieth Century
Expressionism

Summary

Expressionist music is a dominant form of 20th Century composition reflecting intense subjective emotion. The philosophy behind the approach was marked by a high degree of cohesion between beliefs of artists, writers and musicians, who associated with one another and often worked together. Radically individual subjects, the distortion of perspective, and political protest were all sources of fascination for the Expressionists. To find out more about this interesting period in cultural history, and its relationship to music, consult the resources below.