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  1. Classical Music Discussion
    The thread on Bach's national styles got me thinking about this. To what extent do different national characters persist over time in music? Sometimes I imagine that I hear a very long persistence indeed - over many centuries, through many apparently different styles - but I may be projecting...
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    Okay, so for a lot of people post-1950 art music is either tuneless / too dissonant / incomprehensible noise, or else bland and repetitive (minimalism). 'Pastiche' isn't allowed, you have to do something new - it's ok to be inspired by older styles but you have to put a new spin on it.... so how...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Ever have one of those big-name composers whom you've heard of, and heard a piece or two of, yet you never really explored their music? As ashamed to admit it as I am, for me that composer was Elgar. It wasn't until recently that I really dove in to his musical output, and after hearing several...
  4. The Movie Corner: Music for Cinema and TV
    What are some of the very first fully orchestrated film scores? I'd be very interested to see a historical perspective of the evolving and diverging styles of film composition and orchestration in the 20th century. My knowledge is lacking here.
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    Ok, this has bugging me. I've been trying to wrap my head around where the line is drawn between Modern and Postmodern classical music. Most of my search online has lead to distinctions between ideologies, which isn't quite what I'm looking for. I'm more interested in the musical styles...
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