Modern Period

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Modern Period about 1900-1950

1900
Dream of Gerontius (Elgar)
1901
Pelleas et Melisande (Debussy)
1903
Gurrelieder (Schoenberg)
1905
Salome (Strauss)

La Mer (Debussy)
1906
Kammersymphonie (Schoenberg)

The Unanswered Question (Ives)
1907
Symphony no.8 (Mahler)

Sketch for a New Musical Esthetic (Busoni)
1908
Golliwog's Cakewalk (Debussy)
1908
Mysterium (begun by Scriabin)
1909
Elektra (Strauss)
1910
Harmonielehre (Schoenberg)

The Firebird (Stravinsky)

Prometheus (Scriabin)
1911
Petrushka (Stravinskky)

Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss)

Erwartung (Schoenberg)
1912
Pierrot Lunaire (Schoenberg)

Die ferne Klang (Schreker)

Jeux (Debussy)

The Tides of Manaunaum (Cowell)
1913
Rite of Spring (Stravinsky)

Treemonisha (Joplin)

Prometheus (Scriabin)
1914
Sports et Divertissements (Satie)
1916
Palestrina (Pfitzner)
1916
Symphony no.4 (Ives)
1917
Classical Symphony (Prokofiev)

Sonata Bureaucratique (Satie)
1918
Cock and the Harlequin (Cocteau)
1918
The Soldier's Tale (Stravinsky)

Ragtime (Stravinsky)
1919
Piano-Rag-Music (Stravinsky)

Quartet Euphometric (Cowell)

Society for Private Music Perf. (est. Schoenberg)
1920
Concord Sonata (Ives)

The Planets (Holst)

Pulcinella (Stravinsky)

Furniture Music (Satie/Milhaud)
1921
Int'l Composers Guild (est. Varese)
1923
Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin)

La creation du monde (Milhaud)
1923
Pacific no.231 (Honneger)

Ameriques (Varese)

Les Noces (Stravinsky)

Octet for Winds (Stravinsky)
1924
Wozzeck (Berg)

The Banshee (Cowell)
1925
Piano Suite (Schoenberg)
1926
Lyric Suite (Berg)
1927
Johnny spielt auf (Krenek)

Showboat (Jerome Kern)
1928
Threepenny Opera (Weill)

An American in Paris (Gershwin)

Symphony Op.21 (Webern)

Genesis of a Music (Partch)

Variations for Orchestra (Schoenberg)
1930
New Musical Resources (Cowell)

Li Po Songs (Partch)
1931
Afro-American Symphony (Still)

Ionisation (Varese)

Sun Treader (Ruggles)
1934
Four Saints in 3 Acts (V. Thompson)

Mathis der Maler (Hindemith)
1935
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
1935
Lulu (Berg)

Violin Concerto (Berg)
1937
The Cradle Will Rock (Blitzstein)

Symphony no.5 (Shostakovich)

Carmina Burana (Orff)
1939
Billy the Kid (Copland)

Symphony no.3 (Roy Harris)
1940
Symphony in C (Strainsky)
1941
Folk Song Symphony (Roy Harris)

Composition w/12 Tones (Schoenberg)
1942
Rodeo (Copland)

Fanfare for the Common Man (Copland)

Die Kluge (Orff)
1944
Appalachian Spring (Copland)
1945
Carousel (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
1946
Annie Get Your Gun (Berlin)

Brigadoon (Lerner/Loewe)
1948
Sonatas and Interludes (Cage)
1949
Quatre Etudes de rhythme (Messaien)
1951
Schoenberg is Dead (Boulez)

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