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Open Access 6. Musical Modernism in the Twentieth Century

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6. Musical Modernism in the Twentieth Century

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This chapter addresses the issue of musical exchange between Indonesians and Dutch. This exchange contributed significantly to the birth of a new idiom and aesthetics prevalent in what was to be the global history of twentieth century music. Composers involved in this exchange were, on the Indonesian side, R.M. Soewardi Soerjaningrat, R.M. Soerjo Poetro, R. Atmadarsana, R. Soehardjo and R. Machjar Angga Koesoemadinata; and, on the Dutch side, included the likes of Mrs Hoffman, Dirk Schäfer, Emiel Hullebroeck, Bernard van den Sigtenhorst, Henk Bading, Fred Belloni, Constant van de Wall and Paul Seelig. Driven by economic growth, by the turn of the twentieth century colonial society had developed a significant market for Western classical music. The practice of incorporating Indonesian indigenous music as an element of composition seemed to be characteristic of Indies composers' works in that era.

Keywords: Dutch colonization; Indonesian music; R.M. Soerjo Poetro; twentieth century colonial society



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