Innovation is the key to artistic achievement. Indeed, the history of the arts can be seen as a continuous attempt at creative evolution—to forge something new in order to stir hearts and minds.
For more than a century, there has been a dualistic current running through the arts in regard to creating innovate works: Modernism and Postmodernism. Many of the attempts at creative evolution in this century and the previous have fallen into one or the other aesthetic mindset.
The purpose of today’s article is to explicate the conflict in the arts between modern and postmodern aesthetic philosophies. In addition, it will attempt to present clear definitions of Modernism and Postmodernism as being in relation to each other rather than as being mutually-exclusive philosophies.
Read the rest (and much more) in my book Writing and Living in the Real World: Advice for Young Composers