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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

D. Schostakowitsch: Walzer Nr. 2, Klav
Dmitri Shostakovich

Waltz No. 2

arranged for piano

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 686961

12.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
G. Deutschmann: Sonate Dwv 133, KfgKlav
Gerhard Deutschmann

Sonate Dwv 133

for: Double bassoon, piano

Item no.: 246641

21.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
J. Langlais: Missa in simplicitate, Ges/ChOrg/Ha (Part)
Jean Langlais

Missa in simplicitate

for: Voice [choir], organ [harmonium]

Score

Item no.: 107559

22.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
M. Feldman: Solo Piano Works 1950-1964, Klav
Morton Feldman

Solo Piano Works 1950-1964

for: Piano

Item no.: 118470

46.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
K. Atterberg: Suite op. 19, VlVlaStr (Part)
Kurt Atterberg

Suite op. 19

for: Violin (solo), viola (solo), string orchestra

Score

Item no.: 303488

38.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
K. Saariaho: Laconisme De L'Aile
Kaija Saariaho

Laconisme De L'Aile

for: Flute and Electronics

Buch

Item no.: 465821

14.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
C. Berberian: Stripsody, Ges
Cathy Berberian

Stripsody

Edition Peters Green Series

for: Voice

Music score

Item no.: 381053

40.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
T. Keuris: Canzone For Clarinet Solo, Klar
Tristan Keuris

Canzone For Clarinet Solo

for: Clarinet

Music score

Item no.: 321523

17.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks.
E. Bozza: 14 Etudes Arabesques, Fl
Eugène Bozza

14 Etudes Arabesques

Flute (Technik) (Technique)

for: Flute

Item no.: 215358

31.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
A. Schnittke: Polka, VlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Alfred Schnittke

Polka

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 482911

10.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
A. Pärt: Da pacem Domine, 2VlVaVc (Pa+St)
Arvo Pärt

Da pacem Domine

for string quartet (2004/2006)

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Score, Set of parts

Item no.: 462069

24.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
G. Kurtág: Zeichen, Spiele und Botschaften, Viol
György Kurtág

Signs, Games and Messages

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 431698

25.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
B. Britten: A Charm of Lullabies op. 41, MezKlav (Part)
Benjamin Britten

A Charm of Lullabies op. 41

Including first publication of two further settings

for: Voice (mezzo-soprano), piano

Score

Item no.: 198547

25.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J. Laukvik: Historical Performance Practice in , Org (BchNb)
Jon Laukvik

Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing 1

for: Organ

Book and music score

Item no.: 237869

99.30  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
T. Escaich: Poèmes pour orgue, Org
Thierry Escaich

Poèmes pour orgue

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 365523

27.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
A. Schnittke: Präludium in memoriam Dmitri Scho, 2Vl (2Sppa)
Alfred Schnittke

Präludium in memoriam Dmitri Schostakowitsch / Moz-Art für 2 Violinen

for: 2 violins

2 Performance scores

Item no.: 108897

25.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
A. Schnittke: Tango, VlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Alfred Schnittke

Tango

from the music to the film "Agony" and the opera "Life with an Idiot"

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 781184

14.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
B. Kovács: Sholem-Alekhem, Rov Feidman!, Klar5Str (Pa+St)
Béla Kovács

Sholem-Alekhem, Rov Feidman!

for: Clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass (string quintet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 663410

40.80  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
F. Poulenc: Elegie, HrnKlav (KlavpaSt)
Francis Poulenc

Elegie

for: Horn, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 279910

17.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks.
G. Kurtág: Zeichen, Spiele und Botschaften, Va
György Kurtág

Signs, Games and Messages

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 431711

25.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
F. Donatoni: Clair, Klar
Franco Donatoni

Clair

for: Clarinet

Music score

Item no.: 388738

44.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks.
A. Pärt: Psalom, 2VlVaVc (Pa+St)
Arvo Pärt

Psalom

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 226914

24.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J. Langlais: Neuf Pièces, Org
Jean Langlais

Neuf Pièces

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 101277

36.30  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
W. Lutos_awski: Subito, VlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Witold Lutosławski

Subito

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 153556

26.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
L. Liebermann: Sonata op. 23, FlKlav (Pa+St)
Lowell Liebermann

Sonata op. 23

for: Flute, piano

Score, Parts

Item no.: 228791

43.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
DL: I. Strawinsky: Der Feuervogel (L'Oiseau de feu / , 2Klav
Download item
Igor Strawinsky

The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu / Der Feuervogel)

Suite for orchestra (1919) arranged for 2 pianos by Achilleas Wastor (2015)

for: 2 pianos

Noten 2 Exemplare zur Aufführung nötig

Item no.: 760180

42.10  €incl. VAT
Download product – instantly available.
O. Messiaen: Fantaisie Pour Violon Et Pia, VlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Olivier Messiaen

Fantaisie Pour Violon Et Piano

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 468438

24.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
G. Ligeti: Lontano, Sinfo (Stp)
György Ligeti

Lontano

Music Of Our Time

for: Symphonic orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 352472

28.10  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
A. Pärt: Annum per annum, Org
Arvo Pärt

Annum per annum

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 113494

24.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
D. Schostakowitsch: Fünf Stücke, 2Fag/VcKlav (KlaPa+St)
Dmitri Shostakovich

Five Pieces

for: 2 bassoons [cellos], piano

Piano score, Solo parts

Item no.: 684748

30.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
G. Bacewicz: 4 Capricci, Va
Grażyna Bacewicz

4 Capricci

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 626236

13.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
G. Ligeti: Síppal, dobbal, nádihegeduvel (2000) (Stp)
György Ligeti

Síppal, dobbal, nádihegeduvel (2000)

for: GES-M (MEZZ) 4 SCHLAGZ

Study score

Item no.: 170854

18.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
E. Ewazen: Sonata No. 1, FlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Eric Ewazen

Sonata No. 1

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 601765

34.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
A. Pärt: Ukuaru valss , Klav
Arvo Pärt

Ukuaru valss

for: Piano

Item no.: 577598

17.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
D. Schostakowitsch: Streichquartett Nr. 8 , 2VlVaVc (Stsatz)
Dmitri Shostakovich

String Quartet No. 8 op. 110

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Set of parts

Item no.: 108816

34.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
G. Kurtág: Játékok - Spiele - Games 1, Klav
György Kurtág

Játékok – Spiele – Games 1

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 197517

31.60  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J. Laukvik: Historical Performance Practice in Or, Org (Bch)
Jon Laukvik

Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing 2

for: Organ

Study book

Item no.: 293430

99.30  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
F. Mompou: _uvres pour piano, Klav
Frederic Mompou

Music for Piano

The Original Edition

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 770308

29.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks.
A. Pärt: My Heart's in the Highlands, GesACOrg (BchNb)
Arvo Pärt

My Heart's in the Highlands

for: Voice (alto/counter tenor), organ

Book and music score

Item no.: 364791

21.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
M. Nyman: Film Music Piano Solo, Klav
Michael Nyman

Film Music Piano Solo

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 216168

22.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
C. van Lunen: A Shakespeare Cycle of scenic Songs, GesKlav
Camille van Lunen

A Shakespeare Cycle of Scenic Songs

für Gesang und Klavier
aus "The Tempest", "Twelfth Night" und "Midsummer Night's Dream"

for: Voice (soprano), piano

Piano score

Item no.: 683724

18.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
B. Britten: On this Island op. 11, GesHKlav
Benjamin Britten

On this Island op. 11

Five songs

for: Voice (high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 292406

23.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
N. Hakim: The Improvisation Companion (+CD)

Partita Sur Un Choral

Naji Hakim

The Improvisation Companion

Theory – Theme – Development – Forms – Harmony

Music lesson book, playback-CD

Item no.: 334186

85.30  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing, Org (Bu)

Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing

Part 3. Modern and Contemporary Music

for: Organ

Music lesson book

Item no.: 1215729

99.30  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
J. Langlais: 5 Pièces, Fl/VlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Jean Langlais

5 Pièces

for: Flute [violin], piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 281559

26.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks.
J. Janca: Intrade Elegie + Sortie
Jan Janca

Intrade Elegie + Sortie

for: Organ

Item no.: 154236

8.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 1–2 weeks (dk)
B. Britten: Holy Sonnets Of John Donne Op.35, GesHKlav
Benjamin Britten

Holy Sonnets Of John Donne Op.35

for: Voice (high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 330347

30.40  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 3–6 working days (dk)
K. Penderecki: Threnody - To The Victims Of Hiroshima (Part)
Krzysztof Penderecki

Threnody - To The Victims Of Hiroshima

Score

Item no.: 328758

15.20  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 2–5 working days (dk)
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