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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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Joanna Schiller-Rydzewska - Different Faces of Postmodernism in the Works of Contemporary Composers of the Gdańsk Milieu

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Joanna Schiller-Rydzewska

Different Faces of Postmodernism in the Works of Contemporary Composers of the Gdańsk Milieu

Abstract My study focuses on three contemporary artists of the Gdańsk milieu whose works have distinct hallmarks of the postmodernist exoliration. These composers belong to two historical generations, which in part determines the shape of their musical experience. For Krzysztof Olczak and Andrzej Dziadek, who were born in late 1950s, postmodernism was still a lively and personal experience. Transformations experienced in their composers’ workshops led from the avant-garde, growing out of modernism, to their adoption of postmodernist ideas. Much in contrast to K. Olczak and A. Dziadek, Marek Czerniewicz belongs to a younger generation and his work is thoroughly postmodern.

1. A Universal Perspective

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