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New Sound - International Magazine for Music
2012, iss. 39-1, pp. 49-57
article language: English
document type: Paper

The nature of post-modern classicality in European music
Univerzitet umetnosti u Beogradu, Fakultet muzičkih umetnosti, Katedra za muzikologiju i etnomuzikologiju



Identities of Serbian music in world cultural context (MESTD - 177019)


This text examines the difference between manifestations of the classical in post-modernism, considered in the broader sense of the word when hyphenated, and postmodernism in the narrower sense when written without the hyphen. The classical in postmodernism manifested itself in neoclassicism as a compositional-technical and aesthetic category, and in the form of postmodern classicality. A postmodern composition can reference classicality whenever it is based on the play of classical signifiers according to any of the possibilities examined in this article: 1) when classical/neoclassical musical materials 'respond' to classical procedural signifiers; 2) when classically referenced materials are subjected to non-classical procedures; 3) when non-classically referenced materials are subjected to classical procedures.


post-modernism; neoclassicism; postmodern neoclassicism; postmodernism; postmodern classicality