Geography of Music

Age of Revolution |  Age of Romanticism |  Age of Emerging Modernism |  Age of Art and Ideology

The World in the Age of Emerging Modernism, 1885-1920
“God is dead.” – Nietzsche
With the globe increasingly interconnected, artists found inspiration from around the world. Meanwhile, nations found themselves in a tangle of alliances that would obligate them to participate in the first world-wide conflict, The Great War. The human cost of that war and a deadly world-wide flu epidemic, as well as Darwin's theory of evolution, Einstein's theories reconceptualizing time and space, Nietzsche's pronouncement, and Freud's theories of the subconscious all contributed to an erosion of long standing institutions, including church and state.
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lead funding provided by
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
with generous support from Nan Tucker McEvoy, The James Irvine Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Marcia and John Goldman, Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, William and Gretchen Kimball Fund, Lisa and John Pritzker, Mrs. Alfred S. Wilsey, Koret Foundation Fund, Lynn and Tom Kiley, Anita and Ronald Wornick, Roselyne Chroman Swig, Margaret Liu Collins & Edward B. Collins, the Acacia Foundation, Matt Cohler, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Betty and Jack Schafer, Felipe R. Santiago and Barry T. Joseph, Mary C. Falvey, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey P. Hays, Mark Heising and Liz Simons, David and Janyce Hoyt, Laurence and Michèle Corash, Helen Berggruen, and others.