20th Century

All sounds are possible (even no sounds).
New instruments and the sounds of popular music have changed the soundscape of the twentieth century.
Contrapuntal textures prevail in art traditions. Popular traditions are centered on homophonic textures.
Rhythmic language can be enormously complex.
Melodies can be long and abstract or reduced to small gestures.
Any harmonic combination is possible. Composers have made use of extreme dissonance as well as microtonal intervals.
Form can be controlled to an almost infinite degree, or it may be the result of improvisation and chance.

There are 7 videos in this category and 5 videos in 2 subcategories.


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Ages: 9 - 13
Music For Silent Films
From meetmeatthecorner.org, produced by meetmeatthecorner.org
This video features an interview with Ben Model, a silent film historian.  He describes how music was used to show suspense, humor, and romance in silent films.  ( 3:45)
September 29, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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Ages: 6 - 18
The Harlem Renaissance (2:53)
From history.com, produced by History Channel
As African Americans flocked to Northern cities in the 1920s, they created a new social and cultural landscape and this video shows how this helped provide the ingredients that resulted in an abundance of creativity from writers, to artists, to singe... [more]
July 5, 2011 at 01:00 PM
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Ages: 12 - 18
Aretha Franklin’s Musical Genius in Two Songs
From YouTube, produced by Vox
Two songs that show off Aretha Franklin’s gospel roots.  Aretha Franklin will always be the Queen of Soul. In the 1960s songs like “Respect” became the symbol for political and social change. It’s likely the reason her music moved so many people wasn... [more]
July 25, 2019 at 02:13 PM
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Ages: 14 - 18
The Harlem Renaissance Music
From YouTube, produced by Rob Johnson
This short film is an introduction to an interdisciplinary unit on the music, art, and literature of the Harlem Renaissance. The video begins with the introduction of slavery to the colonies through Obama becoming president.  It then focuses on the... [more]
May 12, 2010 at 05:53 PM
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Ages: 10 - 18
History Of House Music Part 7
From YouTube, produced by Chleskifl
History of house still continues to be examined by making international recognizable status that they have earned.
Found by phansen in 20th Century
November 23, 2010 at 01:00 AM
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Ages: 10 - 18
Frankie Quimby of Sapelo Island
From teachersdomain.org, produced by WNET
This video segment from Egg: The Arts Show presents a glimpse of the last island-based Gullah/Geechee community located on Sapelo Island. The original Gullah/Geechee were slaves. When slavery was abolished, the lands on the island were abandoned to t... [more]
April 5, 2011 at 03:08 PM
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Ages: 11 - 18
Pete Seeger: Exclusive Clips and Interviews
From pbs.org
This 2:28 video shows Seeger in concert singing "This Little Light of Mine." If you let the video run the three parts of the interview are shown reflecting his beliefs. Good insights for a student trying to understand how music can reflect a person's... [more]
February 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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