Introduction to Primitivism, Nationalism, and Neoclassicism

In this section we’ll explore some other important trends of the early and middle years of the twentieth century: primitivism, nationalism, and neoclassicism. More importantly, we’ll examine the lives and compositional styles of significant composers who worked in or were influenced by those styles: Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich, and Copland.

This section includes the following pages:

  • Primitivism
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
  • Nationalism
  • Bela Bartok
  • Concerto for Orchestra
  • Aaron Copland
  • Rodeo
  • Neoclassicism
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Symphony No. 5