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Y6 CYCLE B: Western Classical Tradition: 20th Century Modern

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Genre: Western Classical Tradition

Style: 20th Century Modern Classical



Samuel Barber (1910—1981)

Steve Reich (1936 - still alive) Minimalist Composer



Samuel Barber: 'Adagio for Strings'

Played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2016

Can you play the melody from 'Adagio for Strings' by Samuel Barber at home?

See if you can work out how to play the scale of Bb minor while you are at it!

William Orbit: 'Adagio For Strings' (Sample of Samuel Barber's piece)

Electronic Dance Music using a sample of 20th Century Classical music to great effect!

Minimalist music is like the shifting sands on a beach

Imagine that each wave is a musical phrase. The waves or phrases are similar but never identical and gradually the stones and sand are shifted and the landscape changes. This is how it is with minimal music. The phrases repeat but subtly change over time, sometimes almost imperceptibly and gradually the music evolves and changes.

Steve Reich and Musicians: 'Six Pianos' (Live in Amsterdam 1976)

A performance of Steve Reich's 'Six Pianos' live at the 1976 Holland Festival, featuring Steve Chambers, Nurit Tilles, Glen Velez, Timothy Ferchen, James Preiss and the composer himself on grand pianos.

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This is a modern example of vocal samples and looping.

Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells' Live at the BBC 1973

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Explore 20th Century Modern Classical music further here. 

Listen to Sergei Prokofiev's beautiful piece and then explore how it inspired 1970's progressive rock musician, Greg Lake.

Sergei Prokofiev: 'Troika'

University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia 2021

Greg Lake: 'I Believe in Father Christmas'

Greg Lake performs his 1975 classic "I Believe in Father Christmas" filmed live at St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street, in the City of London with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on flute, David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on acoustic guitar and the church choir.

Greg Lake: I Believe In Father Christmas' (1975 Music Video)

Greg Lake was a member of trailblazing UK-based rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. This was a Christmas hit in 1975.

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