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From Modernism to Postmodernism

Between Universal and Local

Edited By Gregor Pompe, Katarina Bogunović Hočevar and Nejc Sukljan

The book explores two radical changes of cultural and social paradigm that determined the World after 1945 – Modernism and Postmodernism. From the cataclysmic atmosphere emerged the second wave of Modernism. In art this attitude was manifested in the form of a radical break with the aesthetic and stylistic characteristics of prior generations. In architecture the International Style was born, meanwhile similar «universality» was also a characteristic of musical serialism.

From the beginning of the 1970s the wheels again began to turn in the other direction. The powerful destructive will of modernism increasingly waivered, and the period after modernism – postmodernism – began. The book answers questions related to the reasons for these turnarounds, their consequences and their implications.

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Jūlija Jonāne - From Modernism to Postmodernism: The Modulation and Correlation between Two Styles in the Context of Musical Works by Sacred Minimalists

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Jūlija Jonāne

From Modernism to Postmodernism: The Modulation and Correlation between Two Styles in the Context of Musical Works by Sacred Minimalists

Abstract The article reveals a transfiguration of the main stylistic techniques in modernism and postmodernism, focusing on musical means of expression by sacred minimalists (Gorécki, Pärt, Tavener and Vasks). The principal aim of this research is to show how the desire to compose in sacred genres, i.e. based on religious themes, corresponds to the musical means of expression and aesthetics of postmodernism, uncovering the genres and circumstances that occurred in this transition from modernism to postmodernism. This study takes an in-depth look at the musical creativity of the important above-mentioned composers, along with a review of the conditions under which they created their musical works.

The beginning of the period of postmodernism gave life to the formation of the style of sacred or holy minimalism in Europe. Aesthetically, stylistically and, in some cases, as a result of the political situation, the development of sacred minimalism became the highest, brightest and most significant point in the different manifestations of postmodernism.

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