1st International Congress of Musicology

Athens Goethe Institute, 25-27 February 2002

Paper Abstracts

Christoph Stroux

Some Observations on the Issue of National Schools in the Music of the 19th and the 20th Centuries

The issue of National Schools of Music is an extremely complicated one, due to the distinct political, social and musical prerequisites that should concur for their emergence. Although National Schools flourished in the 19th century, a second wave that appeared around 1900 was characterized by conservatism and ideological connotations. Of special importance are “national” characteristics in works of the New Music (Bartók etc.). The question of the relation between national and musical value is put forward, in conclusion.

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