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Neoclassicism (music) - Artistic description, Musical description, People and works

period movement

A 20th-c music movement which sought to restore the ideals, and to some extent the style and vocabulary, of the 18th-c classical period. Since Bach often provided the model for Neoclassical works, the movement might be as accurately described as ‘neo-Baroque’, but its main motivation was in any case anti-Romantic. It is associated particularly with Stravinsky's middle-period works (c.1920–30), but touched many other composers, including Prokofiev and Hindemith.

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