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    Oktett by Jörg Widmann, for clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello & double bass. The composer is a successful clarinettist too. His music is often very classical in style, but changes here and there. So maybe it fits the "polystylism" genre. I've enjoyed all the pieces I've heard by him so far. Hurra for the NEOS label.

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    Volts - Quatuor Tana (Paraty)


    Fausto Romitelli: Natura Morte Con Fiamme, pour quatuor à cordes et bande électronique, 1991
    Juan Arroyo: Smaqra, pour TanaInstruments (hybride), 2015
    Remmy Canedo: Clusterfuck, pour TanaInstruments (hybride), 2016
    Gilbert Nouno: Deejay, pour quatuor à cordes et électronique, 2014
    Christophe Havel: Disidence 4, pour TanaInstruments (hybride), 2016

    Tanainstrument

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    Currently reminding myself of the music of Mary Ellen Childs, whose bio says she is "acclaimed for creating both rhythmic, exuberant instrumental works and bold, kinetic compositions that integrate music, dance and theater in fresh and unexpected ways".

    I only have a few bits from a handful of albums, so this one is going on the to-buy list:
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    Mahler, Glass, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Wolfe, Liszt, Reich, Bach, Nyman, Schubert

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    David Lang - Just (from the biblical "Song of Songs")

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    just (after song of songs) is a setting of a text I made by finding certain things in the Song of Songs. The original text is of course the most passionate and erotic of the ancient Jewish books, and it is always strange to encounter it in the Bible. In 2008 I wrote a choral piece called for love is strong, in which I made a similar text from the Song of Songs, trying to use the words to see through the relationship between the man and the woman in the story to the relationship between Man and God. According to Jewish tradition the Song of Songs is a metaphor for our passion for the Eternal, so the words themselves become very important.

    One thing that has always interested me about the text is that the man and the woman in the Song of Songs have attributes, they notice things about each other, they own things, they have features that are desirable. In a love between people this would be no surprise. In a love between Man and God, however, that might mean that in this text are clues to the nature of God’s own attributes, and a record of how they might attract us.

    For my text I listed everything personal or owned that is attributed to the man and to the woman. To clarify who is speaking I started every phrase of his with ‘just your’ and every phrase of hers with ‘and my.’ It is interesting that in a text about a love that is shared there are only seven instances of ‘our.’

    just (after song of songs) is dedicated to my friends Amy Podmore and Frank Jackson.

    just (after song of songs) was written for the combined forces of Trio Mediaeval and Saltarello, and was commissioned by Eamonn Quinn for Louth Contemporary Music Society, funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion.

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    David Lang - This Was Written By Hand

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    I was taught to write music with a pencil. I remember those days so well - I would sit patiently at my desk, singing the music to myself and then writing it down. If I was tense about a project or a deadline I would hold the pencil so tight that I would get blisters on my fingers, and my arm would cramp up, and take weeks to recover. Writing music was an intensely physical activity. I got my first computer in 1993 and I have not written music with a pencil ever since, but I often wonder how - or if - the means of my writing had any effect on the writing itself. I wrote this piano piece to find out.

    this was written by hand was written for the pianist Andrew Zolinsky and was premiered 23 June 2003 at Wigmore Hall, London. It is dedicated to Peter Helm, in honor of his fiftieth birthday.

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    Christopher Rouse Symphony No. 4

    A highly accessible, tonal, Romantic piece. Hard to believe this was written in 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
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    Christopher Rouse Symphony No. 4

    A highly accessible, tonal, Romantic piece. Hard to believe this was written in 2013.
    Why? I listen and perform lots of contemporary music by living composers that is tonal.

    At our last concert this past weekend the City of Fairfax Band performed Eric Whitacre's October. I have performed this work several times but I dare not say it is becoming part of the concert band repertoire since it may not have been performed in Wisconsin.

    The McLean Symphony, an orchestra I play with, premiered Nikita Wells' Two Counts at Stake: Fantasy Overture. It is a very tonal romantic work. Here is the biography of Mr. Wells that appeared in out program:

    "Nikita Wells, Composer of the Fantasy Overture, has dabbled in music most of his life. His parents were famous ballet dancers who performed with the Anna Pavlova Ballet company, Diagielev Ballet Russe, International Ballet (London), etc. so he was raised in a musical family. Nikita has created and managed the National Lyric Opera Company, which was performing in Lisner Auditorium and Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. The company performed fully staged operas by Verdi and Puccini.

    Nikita is also a baritone and has performed in the United States and in Europe. Lately, Nikita has turned to composing romantic music. He is working on his new Halloween Opera, “Two Counts at Stake.” For the overture to the opera, Maestro Wells received a Silver Medal from the Global Music Awards Group. The performance by The McLean Symphony represents the premiere of the piece."

    I can list several more works like these I have performed over the past year.

    We have been down this path so many times I am embarrassed to bring this up again. I started a thread about this a few years ago. I tried to find it but I could not locate it because the search engine is messed up.

    It seems that no matter how many contemporary tonal composers we mention, we have members who insist that all contemporary music is non-tonal.
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    Contemporary Finnish composer Seppo Pohjola's impressive Symphony No. 1 from 2002.

    Tonal. Quite accessible. Tribute-quote from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, midway through its first movement and another one from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in the fourth movement coda.
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    Pascal Dusapin - 7 piano etudes (Ian Pace)

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    Pascal Dusapin - Cello Concerto "Outscape"

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    Carlo Alessandro Landini: Changes - Arditti Quartet (Stradivarius)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-oSJQ_u9kU

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    21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 1 - Adam Levin (Naxos)


    Very fine, tuneful guitar pieces of Eduardo Morales-Caso (b. 1969), Salvador Brotons (b. 1959), David Del Puerto (b. 1964), Carlos Cruz De Castro (b. 1941), Ricardo Llorca (b. 1962), Leonardo Balada (b. 1933), and Octavio Vazquez (b. 1972), composed from 2009 to 2011.

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    On my CD rotation these days is this recording of GF Haas works; I'm especially tuned into "...und..." Enthralling stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterFromLA View Post
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    On my CD rotation these days is this recording of GF Haas works; I'm especially tuned into "...und..." Enthralling stuff.
    Listening now to Haas's Limited Approximations - a splendid piece.
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    Metafagote - Rebekah Heller (New Focus)


    Exquisite music for bassoon of Rand Steiger, Dai Fujikura, Jason Eckardt, and Felipe Lara. Fantastic playing.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-BUd7QoJZE

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