Write 4 pages thesis on the topic the music of 20th century. Popular music or simply Pop music, another branch of music is defined as the part of popular culture, with a number of musical styles and wide commercial distribution. It is interesting to observe that both the Folk and Pop music influenced Classical music, which is described as the music of emotion, with strict rules on composition and singing. Thesis statement: Influence of Folk and Popular music on classical music composers during the twentieth century. . . .
Influence of folk music on classical music composers
When one listens to the classical compositions of the 20th century, it is apparent that it is deeply influenced by Folk music. Besides, the prominent classical composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms made use of Folk themes in their compositions. For instance, some of Beethoven’s important compositions are an improvised form of Folk music and his Pastoral Symphony was influenced by Yugoslav dance melody. Brahms used themes from small village folk songs. Other important Classical composers like Vaugher Williams (England), Bartok (Hungary), and Kachaturian (America) are influenced by English folk music, Hungarian Folk music, and American Indian/ African Folk music respectively. Earlier, Folk music was the only mode of sharing and performing music by the entire community. Later, the Classical composers used Folk music to add a national character to their compositions. So, it is apparent that folk music deeply influenced classical music composers.
Influence of pop music on classical
Pop music, which is an amalgam of other important music genres, with the help of its multicultural characteristics allow absorbing themes from a variety of sources. In the work-‘Pop music: technology and creativity: Trevor Horn and the digital revolution’ . Timothy Warner reflects that: “ While British writers seem able to make clear distinctions between pop and rock, their American counterparts- as several important studies suggest- do not perceive such marked contrasts between the two.” (Warner 3) the British writers made a division between pop and rock into two different categories but the American writers consider pop and rock as same.