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Sound Progression - Compositional Trends in the 20th Century

Sound Progression is organized roughly according to the introduction of particular musical styles in Canada. These mostly paralleled musical events in Western Europe, although trends were not always evident in Canada at the same time, nor did they occur with the same intensity or have the same impact on compositional style as they did in Europe.

The progression of compositional styles did not follow a single path, instead it grew organically from often-simultaneous currents of ideas and techniques. Any particular style therefore had a wide- and long-reaching effect on composers around the globe.

Our presentation of 11 stylistic genres includes the defining of each style, some Canadian as well as International context, and samples of both the musical score and performances. By no means comprehensive, it is simply one manner of exploring the diverse and rich history of our musical past and present.

Start your exploration by selecting any one style from the menu to the left.

Canadian Music Centre