The Modern Era
69 artists, 996 songs
Classical music developed rapidly in many different directions from the 1930s until the late 1950s. Some composers like Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich expanded upon the melodic and harmonic style of the Romantic Era, while more experimental composers like John Cage focused on new instruments, sounds and methods of composition. From Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" to the works of Messiaen, classical music ranged from simple and elegant to atonal and abstract. Aaron Copland found inspiration from jazz and American folklore, writing music with a distinctive American focus. Spanish and Latin American composers like Rodrigo and Villa-Lobos also gained prominence and acclaim during this progressive period.