Be careful. Evolving is ambiguous I think. It can mean changing and it can mean improving. Hard to make sense of the latter without some sort of goal.A thread about post-modernism (where I was hoping to learn things) has become (yet another) Romanticism vs everything else thread - and these seem to come and repeat the tired old arguments as often as Philip Glass repeats simple motifs in one of his pieces. We almost got to an understanding of what post-modernism is and then off the thread went into the storm clouds of Romanticism. We may not all agree on what Modernism is/was and which composers should be called Modern (capital M) and even if we do it is clear that the term post-modernism is not usually used to contain everything that came after them. But what does it refer to? There are far too many isms in the contemporary scene but post-modernism is a term that you see used quite often but I remain confused about what music it might refer to.
Classical music keeps evolving - thank heavens - and arguments about which stage in this evolutionary story is "better" than which other stages seems as sterile as saying that dinosaurs in the Jurassic were superior to large mammals in the Pleistocene. I know we all have preferences and enthusiasms - and, again, thank heavens - but is there really a need to try to prove that my preferences are superior to someone else's? Well, if there is there must be a thread for that.