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Contemporary Classical Music – Sheet Music

After the Second World War, there emerged a new generation of composers, who sought to stretch the boundaries of music history, and find new and exciting styles and forms. Browse our sheet music and scores, take a look at our Modern Classical Music, and explore the wide world of contemporary music with Stretta Music today!

An Overview of Post-War Contemporary Music

Dodecaphony & Serialism

Dodecaphony or Serialism is the use of the twelve semi-tones as the harmonic and structural basis, rather than the traditional harmonic key structure which governed classical music until the turn of the twentieth century. Arnold Schoenberg was the father of twelve-tone composition in the 1930s. Moving into the post-war era, all dodecaphonic or serial musical parameters, including note lengths, dynamics and even timbres were set in rows. After 1948, the Darmstadt “holiday courses” became the centre of Dodecaphony or Serialism for almost a decade. Despite the mathematical and logical basis, twelve-tone composition still produced many highly emotional works such as Luigi Nono’s Il Canto sospeso.

Electronic Music

As the technical and electronic possibilities continued to grow and thrive after the war, the first studio solely dedicated to electronic music was founded in Cologne in 1951 by Herbert Eimert. Important electronic music composers were Edgar Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ernst Krenek, Maurice Kagel, Luciano Berio and Iannis Xenakis, who was also an assistant to the architect Le Corbusier.

Aleatoric Music

Aleatoric comes from the Latin “alea”, meaning dice. Aleatoric composition leaves elements of the music to chance. The American composer John Cage was the first to experiment with aleatoric music, and many others followed, in particular K. Stockhausen, P. Boulez, W. Lutosławski.

Soundscapes

Soundscape composition plays with sense and emotion, it uses long drawn musical landscapes to give the listener time to recognise and experience the music in a whole new way. The most important compositions include Atmosphères and Lontano by György Ligeti. Other works of this type were created by Luigi Nono, Krzysztof Penderecki, Iannis Xenakis.

Minimalism

Minimalism also came to Europe from the USA. Minimalism uses repetitive, wide blocks of sound, without strong contrasts or dramatic changes. It is in the repetition, with gradual, small changes, that the minimalist effect is achieved. The pioneers of minimalism in the 1960s were American composers Philip Glass, John Adams, Le Monte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich. They were followed in Europe by Henryk Górecki and Arvo Pärt.

Important Post-War Contemporary Classical Composers

D. Schostakowitsch: Walzer Nr. 2, Klav
Dmitri Shostakovich

Waltz No. 2

arranged for piano

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 686961

11.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
G. Deutschmann: Sonate Dwv 133
Gerhard Deutschmann

Sonate Dwv 133

for: Double bassoon, piano

Item no.: 246641

18.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
B. Kovacs: Sholem-Alekhem, Rov Feidman!, Klar5Str (Pa+St)
Béla Kovács

Sholem-Alekhem, Rov Feidman!

für Klarinette, 2 Violinen, Viola, Violoncello und Kontrabaß

for: Clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass (string quintet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 663410

34.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
J. Langlais: Missa in simplicitate, Ges/ChOrg/Ha (Part.)
Jean Langlais

Missa in simplicitate

pour une voix ou choeur a l'unisson et orgue ou harmonium

for: Voice [choir], organ [harmonium]

Score

Item no.: 107559

18.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
M. Feldman: Solo Piano Works 1950-64
Morton Feldman

Solo Piano Works 1950-1964

for: Piano

Item no.: 118470

39.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
D. Schostakowitsch: Fünf Stücke, 2Fag/VcKlav (KlaPa+St)
Dmitri Shostakovich

Five Pieces

for: 2 bassoons [cellos], piano

Piano score, Solo parts

Item no.: 684748

26.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
E. Ewazen: Sonata No. 1, FlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Eric Ewazen

Sonata No. 1

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 601765

29.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
I. Clarke: Hypnosis, FlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Ian Clarke

Hypnosis

for flute and piano

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 621162

22.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
A. Pärt: Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka & Fü, Klav
Arvo Pärt

Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka & Für Alina

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 124020

11.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
C. Berberian: Stripsody, Ges
Cathy Berberian

Stripsody

Edition Peters Green Series

for: Voice

Music score

Item no.: 381053

34.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
D. Schostakowitsch: Sonate op. 40, VcKlav (KlavpaSt)
Dmitri Shostakovich

Sonata op. 40

Russische Musik der Moderne

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 108824

28.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
T. Takemitsu: Piano Pieces for Children and Romance fo, Klav
Tôru Takemitsu

Piano Pieces for Children and Romance

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 367354

11.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
T. Hauta-Aho: Kadenza, Kb
Teppo Hauta-Aho

Kadenza

für Kontrabass solo

for: Double bass

Music score

Item no.: 486282

7.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
J. Langlais: Suite mediévalé, Org
Jean Langlais

Suite mediévalé

en forme de messe basse

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 107217

16.99  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
G. Bacewicz: 4 Capricci, Va
Grażyna Bacewicz

4 Capricci

per viola solo

for: Viola

Music score

Item no.: 626236

9.90  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
R. Saunders: Solitude, Vc
Rebecca Saunders

Solitude

für Cello solo

for: Cello

Music score

Item no.: 682904

49.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
G. Kurtág: Zeichen, Spiele und Botschaften, Viol
György Kurtág

Signs, Games and Messages

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 431698

18.70  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
B. Britten: A Charm of Lullabies op. 41, MezKlav (Part.)
Benjamin Britten

A Charm of Lullabies op. 41

Including first publication of two further settings

for: Voice (mezzo-soprano), piano

Score

Item no.: 198547

21.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
M. Weinberg: Streichquartett Nr. 2 op. 3/1, 2VlVaVc (Stsatz)
Mieczysław Weinberg

String Quartet No. 2 op. 3/145

(1940, rev. 1986)

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Set of parts

Item no.: 655551

34.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
K. Atterberg: Suite op. 19, VlVlaStr
Kurt Atterberg

Suite op. 19

for: Violin (solo), viola (solo), string orchestra

Piano reduction, solo parts

Item no.: 290017

43.80  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
K. Atterberg: Suite op. 19, VlVlaStr (Part.)
Kurt Atterberg

Suite op. 19

for: Violin (solo), viola (solo), string orchestra

Score

Item no.: 303488

32.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
K. Saariaho: Laconisme De L'Aile
Kaija Saariaho

Laconisme De L'Aile

For solo flute with optional electronics

for: Flute and Electronics

Buch

Item no.: 465821

11.99  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
Z. Kodaly: Duo op. 7, VlVc (2Sppa)
Zoltán Kodály

Duo op. 7

für Violine und Violoncello

for: Violin, cello

2 Performance scores

Item no.: 124404

29.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
M. Weinberg: Kammersinfonie Nr. 4 op. 15, KlarStroTri (PaSt)
Mieczysław Weinberg

Chamber Symphony No. 4 Op. 153

for: Clarinet, string orchestra, triangle

Score, solo part

Item no.: 494042

25.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
L. Liebermann: Sonata op. 23, FlKlav (Pa+St)
Lowell Liebermann

Sonata op. 23

For Flute and Piano, Op. 23op. 23

for: Flute, piano

Score, Parts

Item no.: 228791

36.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
G. Krassnitzer: Multiphonics, Klar (+CDR)
Gerhard Krassnitzer

Multiphonics

für Klarinette mit deutschem System und andere zeitgenössische Spieltechniken
mit CD-Rom

for: Clarinet

Music lesson book, CD-Rom

Item no.: 226350

49.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
DL: I. Strawinsky: Der Feuervogel (L'Oiseau de feu / The , 2
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Igor Strawinsky

The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu / Der Feuervogel)

Suite for orchestra (1919) arranged for 2 pianos by Achilleas Wastor (2015)

for: 2 pianos

Noten 2 Exemplare zur Aufführung nötig

Item no.: 760180

35.99  €incl. VAT
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D. Schostakowitsch: 24 Präludien und Fugen op. 87/1, Klav
Dmitri Shostakovich

24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87/1-12

Nr. 1-12
Russische Musik der Moderne

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 108805

34.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
A. Pärt: Annum per annum, Org
Arvo Pärt

Annum per annum

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.: 113494

20.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
D. Schostakowitsch: Adagio Und Allegretto, 4Str (Pa+St)
Dmitri Shostakovich

Adagio Und Allegretto

Russische Musik der Moderne

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Score, Parts

Item no.: 108944

19.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
D. Schostakowitsch: 24 Präludien und Fugen op. 87/2, Klav
Dmitri Shostakovich

24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87/13-24

Nr. 13-24
Russische Musik der Moderne

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 108847

36.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
E. Bozza: 14 Etudes Arabesques
Eugène Bozza

14 Etudes Arabesques

Flute (Technik) (Technique)

for: Flute

Item no.: 215358

26.99  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
P. Arvo: Ukuaru valss , Klav
Arvo Pärt

Ukuaru valss

for: Piano

Item no.: 577598

14.95  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
DL: P. Vasks: Concerto no. 2, VcStro (KASt)
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Peteris Vasks, Vasks, Pēteris

Concerto no. 2

Klātbūtne (Presence)

for: Cello solo, string orchestra

Piano reduction, solo part

Item no.: 724876

27.99  €incl. VAT
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D. Schostakowitsch: Streichquartett Nr. 8 , 2VlVaVc (Stsatz)
Dmitri Shostakovich

String Quartet No. 8 op. 110

Russische Musik der Moderne

for: 2 violins, viola, cello (string quartet)

Set of parts

Item no.: 108816

29.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
M. Feldman: Three Voices
Morton Feldman

Three Voices

for: Mezzosopran und Tonband oder für 3 Stimmen

Partitur

Item no.: 375823

39.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
P. Wagemans: The Big Composers Cookery Book (Bu)
Peter-Jan Wagemans

The Big Composers Cookery Book

Strategies and structures in new music from 1900-present

Book (softcover)

Item no.: 1011915

49.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
B. Britten: On this Island op. 11, GesHKlav
Benjamin Britten

On this Island op. 11

Five songs

for: Voice (high), piano

Music score

Item no.: 292406

20.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
J. Laukvik: Historical Performance Practice in , Org (BchNb)
Jon Laukvik

Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing 1

Baroque and Classical Era

for: Organ

Book and music score

Item no.: 237869

85.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing, Org (Bu)

Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing

Part 3. Modern and Contemporary Music

for: Organ

Music lesson book

Item no.: 1215729

85.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
U. Rojko: Bagatellen, AkkKlav (Part.)
Uroš Rojko

Bagatellen

für Klavier und Akkordeon
ars futura

for: Accordion, piano

Score

Item no.: 226244

16.80  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 5–7 working days (de)
A. Schnittke: Praeludium In Memoriam D Schostakowitsch / Moz
Alfred Schnittke

Präludium in memoriam Dmitri Schostakowitsch / Moz-Art für 2 Violinen

Russische Musik der Moderne

for: 2 violins

2 Performance scores

Item no.: 108897

21.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–4 weeks.
G. Kurtág: Hommage à R. Schumann op. 15d, KlarVlaKlav (Sppa)
György Kurtág

Hommage à R. Schumann op. 15d

for: Clarinet, viola, piano

Ensemble score

Item no.: 188237

31.00  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
A. Schnittke: Tango, VlKlav (KlavpaSt)
Alfred Schnittke

Tango

from the music to the film "Agony" and the opera "Life with an Idiot"

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 781184

12.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
E. Denisov: Sonate
Edisson Denissow

Sonate für Klarinette

for: Clarinet

Item no.: 286198

15.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
M. Weinberg: Sonate op. 69, 2Vl (SppaSt)
Mieczysław Weinberg

Sonata op. 69

for: 2 violins

Ensemble score, solo parts

Item no.: 499293

27.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
M. Feldman: Palais de Mari , Klav
Morton Feldman

Palais de Mari

for: Piano

Item no.: 113792

18.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–5 working days (de)
F. Poulenc: Figure humaine, 2Gch (Part.)
Francis Poulenc

Figure humaine

cantate pour double choeur mixte a cappella

for: 2 mixed choirs (SATB, SATB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 245932

36.50  €incl. VAT, plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–3 working days (de)
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