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Avant-garde

Music that is thought to be highly innovative or ahead of its time. Avant-garde music necessarily pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable as "music" to specialists as well as to the population at large. Historically speaking, musicologists primarily use the term "avant-garde music" for the radical, post-1945 tendencies Modernism in several genres of art music after the death of Anton Webern in 1945. In the 1950s the term was mostly associated with serial music.