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Neoclassicism

A popular compositional approach in 20-century music, early examples of which were found in the music of Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Generally, its idea was to combine elements of earlier music (Baroque, classicism) and modern sound techniques. Great advocates of neoclassicism included Nadia Boulanger, the French composer and teacher, with whom Kilar studied composition in 1959 and 1960. Kilar’s neoclassical period had begun earlier, however, and ended with the composition of Ode in Memoriam Béla Bartók (1957). Yet distant echoes of neoclassicism can still be found in some of Kilar’s later motoric pieces, for example in Orawa and the finale of the Piano Concerto.