I really don't know classical music, so I don't know which styles to refer. I want some contemporary or modern classical anyway, whatever it means.
So I don't know whether it should be impressionism, modernism, surrealism, expressionism, post-romanticism, atonalism, spectralism... and should it be called lieder, chamber music, operetta...
But one great example of the thing I'm looking for, besides some new styles, is this position: A woman sings dramatically and maybe in a weird way, and a man is on the piano, also playing dramatically.
This next link is my primary example, though there's church organ. Any other instruments go as well, like some little chamber orchestra. But piano is what I'm mostly looking for, because I've heard that kind of music sometimes. I just don't know what it was. Once it was in a program that was about Finnish modernism. There was a male pianist and a female singer. Romantic, stereotypical, haha, but who cares.
Jacula - (1972) Tardo Pede in Magiam - 1 - U.F.D.E.M. (9:02):
Do you have any classifications for this song - what style could it be?
And by "avant-garde", I don't mean "art" like ambient, but I prefer complex and compact structures.
Here's some other examples, mostly avant-prog (but of course I need recommendations that don't have drums, unless you happen to know some). Actually these are also recommendations for you. I really hope that you listen to these songs. I would also like to know the style of the music that I'm recommending or that you're recommending, because it makes searching for new music easier.
U Totem - (1990) U Totem - 1 - One Nail Draws Another (14:54):
Most of you maybe know this. It has nice piano in the latter part. What is the style in 5:12 - 5:08? Reminds me a bit of Conlon Nancarrow, which is actually quite close to what I'm looking for.
Henry Cow - (1975) Beautiful as the Moon - 4 - Terrible as an Army with Banners (7:02)
This is also very very close to what I'm interested in. Listen 1:25 - 2:27. It is quite jazzy, yes, but... sometimes the line between jazz and classical can be vague, as you know.
Present - (1985) Le poison qui rend fou - 1 - Le poison qui rend fou, Part 1: Ram Ram va faire "pif paf" (15:25):
This is also close, maybe even closer than others. The beginning, of course, though the symphonic rock part is nice, too. A bit simple, but mostly working well.
Quasar Lux Symphoniæ - (1996) The Enlightening March of the Argonauts - 3 - The Resonance of the Throne:
This is very close too, the beginning. I don't know the style of the latter part (or the beginning), but it's nicely playful, besides being dramatic. So all kinds of recommendations are welcome!
Arrigo Barnabé - 1980 - Clara Crocodilo - 5 - Infortúnio
Like said, many styles go. This is a bit more folky one, and barely classical at all (?). I'd like to know what you say about this music style... what it is?
Ensemble Havadià - (1981) Ensemble Havadià - 1 - Finale