In the 20th century, many composers continued to work in forms
that derived from the 19th century, including Rachmaninoff and Edward Elgar.
However, modernism in music became increasingly prominent
and important; among the first modernists were Bartok, Stravinsky, and Ives.
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Schoenberg and other twelve-tone composers such as Alban Berg
and Anton von Webern carried this trend to its most extreme
form by abandoning tonality altogether, along with its
traditional conception of melody and harmony.
The Impressionists, including Debussy and Ravel,
sought new textures and turned their back on traditional forms,
while often retaining more traditional harmonic progressions.
Others such as Francis Poulenc and the group of composers known as
Les Six wrote music in opposition to the Impressionistic and Romantic ideas of the time.
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Composers such as Milhaud and Gershwin combined classical and jazz idioms.
Others, such as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Boulez,
and Villa-Lobos expanded the classical palette to include more dissonant elements
without going to the extremes of the twelve-tone and serial composers.