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MUS 365 - History of Western Music III: Home

Resources and Information for Researching Western Music from the Contemporary Period (1900 to the present)


Welcome to the LibGuide created specifically for the MUS 365 class on music from the 20th and 21st century.

Use the tabs across the top to navigate the information available here.

Graphic Notation

Ligeti Score

Composers You Should Know (listed by era)

Be sure to visit the "Composers You Should Know" LibGuide!

First Performances

Some considerations when writing about the first performance of a musical work:

  • Use Naxos CD booklets as a possible source of information
  • Oxford Music Online (Grove)'s main article for the composer may have information such as instrumentation and various arrangements of the piece of music, as well as narrative information about the premiere or the audience's reception of the piece
  • Use the ML410 section of the library to find books about the composer and their music
  • Newspapers printed the week of the premiere may also include reviews, which are primary sources
  • Don't forget to look at the context of society. What was going on in the world that could affect what listeners thought of the music? What aspects of art history, fashion history, political history, etc. might have shaped the composing or the setting of the music?

Classical Performance


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Madan Mohan
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