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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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Niall O’Loughlin - Lojze Lebič: Modernism and the Vernacular


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Niall O’Loughlin

Lojze Lebič: Modernism and the Vernacular

Abstract Both the vernacular and the modernist styles have always been part of the musical language of Lojze Lebič. He developed an imaginative avant-garde style, but also a simpler one that recognizes the choral tradition of Slovenia. Words, mostly Slovene, have stimulated, enhanced and inspired his music. He has incorporated Slovene folk songs into his music, both in performance and in his compositions. In Ajdna, Fauvel ’86, Hvalnica sveta and Zgodbe, he developed an integrated form in which these conflicting elements co-exist harmoniously, reconciling popular and modernist elements.

My musical world is based on the archetypical feeling of my native Koroška, the alpine world, the Slovenian musical tradition and [my italics] of the framework which was set up by the group of young composers called Pro musica viva and innovation from Darmstadt, Warsaw and the Zagreb Biennial Festival in the 1960s.1

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