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impressionism in music

- late 19th and early 20th-century French style associated most closely with the music of Debussy & Ravel
- often programmatic
- use of non-traditional scales
- parallel harmonies
- blurring of metrical pulse

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expressionism in music

- early 20th-century German style
- marked by extreme dissonance, angular melodies, irregular rhythmic groupings
- explored deep psychological themes

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atonality

Music that has no tonal centre, no sense of key

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serialism

- a compositional approach developed by the second Viennese School
- any number of musical parameters are organized using a specific ordering (set) that undergoes manipulation
- sometimes used as a synonym for dodecaphonic (or 12-tone) music

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neo-classicism

- a post-WWI style marked by a return to absolute music and traditional formal structures
- cultivated a less emotional sensibility

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minimalism

- a style of music that evolved in the latter half of the 20th century
- generally characterized by the endless repetition of short melodic patterns, complex cross-rhythms and a return to tonal/modal principles