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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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Kamilė Rupeikaitė - The Semantics of the Music of Anatolijus Šenderovas

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Kamilė Rupeikaitė

The Semantics of the Music of Anatolijus Šenderovas

Abstract One of the most prominent contemporary Lithuanian composers, Anatolijus Šenderovas (born 1945) has a distinctive creative voice characterized by clear dramaturgy, the emotional-semantic content of music, intense contrasts, and the abundance of aleatoric and sonoric elements, creating the impression of a spontaneous birth of music. 1990 was the turning point for the composer, when he discovered new semantic and musical layers, integrating biblical and Jewish diasporan heritage into the contemporary context. The dramaturgy and semantics of Šenderovas’ music are determined by expression, color, and effect of sound. Special importance is given to beginnings, which set the entire dramaturgy of the compositions, as well as to motif, melody and timbre as some of the most significant elements of musical expressivity and meaning. Some examples of the most characteristic elements of Šenderovas’ works are discussed in this article.

One of the most prominent contemporary Lithuanian composers, Anatolijus Šenderovas (born 1945) has a distinctive creative voice characterized by clear dramaturgy, the emotional-semantic content of music, intense contrasts, and the abundance of aleatoric and sonoric elements, creating the impression of a spontaneous birth of music. The recipient of numerous Lithuanian and international awards, his works are regularly performed both in Lithuania and abroad, and have been played at more than 80 international music festivals around the globe. In 2015, Šenderovas’ 70th birthday was marked with concerts of chamber and symphonic music in honor of...

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