Modern Masters: 20th Century Composers

From modernism to minimalism, 20th century music is a reflection of the century’s turbulent times. Unlike clearly identifiable music periods in the past, 20th century music is a melting pot of diverse influences and experiments. In this course, explore the exciting world of modern music which inspires, baffles, and makes us think.

Featuring subject matter expert

Neil Fisher
Neil Fisher

Deputy Arts Editor at The Times

Neil Fisher is deputy arts editor and music critic for The Times. He joined The Times in 2004 and has written reviews and features on classical music and opera since then.

What is the legacy of Benjamin Britten for contemporary British composers?

Benjamin Britten is a totem of classical music in the UK in the 20th century! He established essentially a new tradition of opera, writing some incredible stage works.

Course Overview

  • Follow the diverse musical styles of the 20th Century.
  • Expose the role that political pressures played in the musical development of the era.
  • Realise the dominant role of computers and digital technologies have held in music since World War II.
  • Scruntise the minimalist movement, which has simplified music by creating simple, short, repetitive patterns.
Course content
  • 10 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement





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