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× New Dimensions explores the increasingly diverse musical languages at the turn of the twentieth century, an era often referred to as the Age of Modernism. It is a difficult era to define, precisely because composers rendered such a wide spectrum of new innovations. Igor Stravinsky looked back to the music of earlier generations to express himself, while Arnold Schoenberg discovered a distinctly new way of writing—the twelve-tone technique—and never looked back. In the meantime, through the innovative efforts of Charles Ives, the U.S. slowly awoke to the world of so-called “art music.” The strongest—and perhaps only—artistic impetus shared by the composers of this time was their consciousness of their place in history. As different as their musical languages grew to be, each felt a creative impulse to move forward and to make music that reflected their time.