Characteristics Of Modernism

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PD4102 History of Design Report
Sam Van Dam
26th April 2016

Each period style, for instance, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, Post-modernism has certain defining characteristics. Describe a period of your choice and define its traits.

Modernism is a period style which has many defining characterisitcs which will be talked about throughout the course of this essay. The birth of Modernism ran between the 18th and 19th century around the time of the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution caused very quick changes in technology, manufacturing and transportation as well as other aspects.
These all had a massive affect on the social, economic and cultural conditions of life in Western Europe, North America and eventually the rest of the world. (MoMa 2011) [Fig 1] The first railroad train in Temecula,
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Other arts such as literature and music had massively changed, shaping the music we listen to and the books we read to this day. The modernist period saw many composers start to experiment with their music which was a change from the romantic period. The romantic period was very traditional but in the early 20th century, composers had started to use new melodies and harmonies that were considered unusual at the time.
One of the most famous musicians to thrive in the modernist period was the American composer Aaron Copland. Some of his most famous work would be his compositions for the films ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘Our Town’. He very much went with the fast changing times that were happening around him.
In his growth as a composer Copland mirrored the important trends of his time. After his return from Paris, he worked with jazz rhythms in Music for the Theater (1925) and the Piano Concerto (1926). (Britannica 2016)
This is what led Copland to work on project such as film scores as during the early to mid 20th century, as the art of film had become very
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