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 Post subject: Contemporary Classical
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:48 am 
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Who are your favorite composers working today?

I've been going through this series of articles on the Guardian that charts 50 of the biggest or most important names of current and recent classical music. So far, I've found a lot of stuff I like, and while some are giants that everyone probably knows (Pierre Boulez), others were, to me at least, more obscure.

Outside of that list, I really enjoy this piece by a young American composer named Andrew Norman. It's got so much energy! I'm glad the rest of it is on Spotify, though I've only given the second and third parts a cursory listen at this point.

 Post subject: Re: Contemporary Classical
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:37 pm 

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Good idea for a thread!

Two composers I like very much (and who are very different) are Henri Dutilleux (who yes isn't alive but died only 2 ears ago) and Peter Maxwell Davies.

Dutilleux - Sonatine for flute and piano

Dutilleux - Tout un monde lointain (Cello Concerto)

Maxwell Davies - The Lighthouse

Maxwell Davies - Eight Songs For A Mad King

What I like about Dutilleux is that really strives to explore new sounds, and does use for example dodecaphonism (in the opening theme of his Cello Concerto) or 7-time in his sonatine, but doesn't try to surprise you or be showy, there's a certain humility in his music (which can be very bare). What I like about Peter Maxwell Davies, the examples I posted anyway, is that his weirdness isn't for its own sake, but serves a dramatic purpose (madness, ghostly visions etc.) so I find it much much easier to connect and respond to.

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