Explore the Duality Innovation Characteristic of the 20th Century Western Art Music
CAO Hui & LI Xing-wu
Abstract: The musical history is a discipline to study of human activity course; it shall and has to do as much as possible to restore the true state of musical history. There were two contradictory duality innovation existed in the field of 20th century Western art music, one was to abandon the traditional that discarding the old and starting new in order to be different, the other was based on the traditional that bring forth the new through the old. Simultaneously, both of them unity of opposite formed the history of 20th century Western art music. However, in the section “20th century music” of the textbook related to the Western music history in China at present, there were existed the widespread phenomenon that stressed the former and diluted the latter. This one-sided statement was contrary to the scientific principle of historiography, but also inconsistent with the actual state of the development of West music in 20th century. The author hope this phenomenon that the historical facts had been different from the teaching material could cause the attention of music academic circles and give corrections.
Key Words: 20th century, Western art music, history, innovation, teaching material, issue