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    A thread for modern/contemporary music you're currently listening to. Positive comments & recommendations based on others' posts are welcomed.

    There is a group for those interested in contemporary music here, in case anyone wants to start side-discussions about music/composers mentioned in this thread: http://www.talkclassical.com/groups/...ary-music.html
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    Current listening: Sofia Gubaidulina - Triple Concerto



    Looking forward to a studio recording of this one.

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    Makes me think of this less known work by Gubaidulina that I think is a little pearl - her trumpet trio (1976)

    https://youtu.be/OacZpwWvoX8

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    As long as we're talking Gubaidulina, her Piano Quintet was the first work of hers I liked.

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    https://open.spotify.com/track/4O7yryvEjzQKiLaijtZYkt
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x30k0aq
    Voyage IX (2007) for Guitar, strings and percussion by Toshio Hosokawa.

    Unfortunately the youtube link "wasn't available" so here are spotify and dailymotion links. Hosokawa is very dreamy and with some special techniques for soloist and strings and interesting percussion.
    The Schott-page says...Hosokawa drew his inspiration for the Voyage cycle as follows: The soloist symbolizes a human being that throws a song to the ensemble/orchestra standing for the universe enclosing the human being, and the universe responds the song. The song reaches the universe and the reaction returns to the human being again. Hosokawa called the process of these exchanges Voyage, and thought a sense of unity develops between human beings and the universe through the journey.

    ...Maybe it's spacey as well as dreamy
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    I try occasionally to understand why Jennifer Higdon is so popular. I tried to get into this piece, but it just didn't do it for moi


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    Jay Greenberg, Symphony no.5 (2005), his very famous symphony that echoes late Romanticism and contemporary accessibility with rich harmonies. Powerful.

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    Chemins V by Luciano Berio, based on his monumental Sequenza XI, a masterpiece of modern guitarmusic. I used to think it was the ultimate, most difficult piece along with Changes by Carter. I like when music is difficult and hard to play, especially modern music, it gives me a sense of another world unfolding in sound without bounderies, and the performer must overcome that challenge. Now I know it's not the hardest, there are several new contenders. Berio made it a whole new piece with adding a chamber orchestra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Jay Greenberg, Symphony no.5 (2005), his very famous symphony that echoes late Romanticism and contemporary accessibility with rich harmonies. Powerful.
    Jay Greenberg is a very talented and fine composer who was a prodigy. My problem is with the post not the composer.

    One of the problems I have with the remark is that it implies that contemporary music that is dominated by atonalish works. This is not true. Many of us have been furnishing examples of contemporary tonal music for years like Richard Danielpour, Mark Camphouse, David Maslanka and many others. I have attended many music festivals and I have had the privilege of meeting many composers. Some are very avant-garde, some very tonal.
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    Nishimura: String Quartet #2 "Pulse of the Lights"

    This is just great. As one commenter put it, very "efficient" music.

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    Linda Catlin Smith - Invisible Cities (Nicholas Papador)

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    Not classical, I get that, but certainly not "pop" either. Ambient/soundscape music. Is that ok?
    One of Steve Roach' finest pieces: The Eternal Expanse.
    https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/trac...rnal-expanse-2

    There will be "new age bias", but I will make a case for this.

    This is in fact challenging, expertly crafted, richly layered soundscape music that's not so easy to appreciate. So I ask not to judge quickly. If you're not used to this kind of music, even for modern/contemporary aficionados, it takes a few listens to get used to its spacious sound and to find the right state of mind to listen to it (not necessarily with complete attention, it's ambient after all, but not entirely in the background either).
    After a while, you start to notice the fine nuances throughout the piece. Once you really hear it, when you feel it and simply ride along the waves of sound, you can enjoy it many times again like I did.

    I find this piece liberating in the way it creates these beautiful, wide open vistas. There's an ebb and flow that gives an extraordinary sense of space that can't be found in any other music. And what happens near the end is simply sublime.

    Well, happy listening!

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    I struggle with this. To me "ambient/soundscape" music is like wallpaper. To focus on it specifically negates its purpose. How to hear without listening. Its crazy.

    To create a sonic environment that is ripe for a musical subject, for an event, that never happens. Setting the table, but we are not eating the table setting, and no food is brought out. Hard to get my head around it.
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    Saariaho - Frises



    One of the most successful acoustic-electronic fusions I've come across recently.

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    Histories - Sophia Subbayya Vastek (innova recordings, 2017)


    Michael Harrison: Jaunpuri (Rendition of a Raga) (2012, revised 2015), Hijaz Prelude (2011)
    John Cage: She is Asleep (1943), A Room (1943), Dream (1948)
    Donnacha Dennehy: Stainless Staining (2007)

    Sophia Subbayya Vastek (piano, just intonation piano, prepared piano), Nitin Mitta (tabla), Megan Schubert (voice), Michael Harrison (tanpura)

    https://www.sophiahistories.com/
    https://sophiasv.bandcamp.com/album/histories

    Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek's debut album. Beautifully played melancholic, introspective and hypnotic works.

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