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Listing dead guys is punishable by lashing followed by upside down crucifixion.

Now then...

(01) György Kurtág
(02) Georg Friedrich Haas
(03) Beat Furrer
(04) Brian Ferneyhough
(05) Richard Barrett
 
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Norgard has written a lot of stuff, but I just can't get into it. Sounds like music for a lifeless planet.

Gubaidulina is no. 1, and the others have died in the past 20 years.
Nørgård's music is well regarded, but I think your comment is spot on.

Gubaidulina is probably the greatest living Russian composer.
 

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While I listen to several living composers, I don't know their music well enough to say which are tops, or even which I enjoy the most.

A few that spring to mind:

Pierre Boulez,
Esa-Pekka Salonen
(yeah, I know. You may think this is only by a technicality.)
Arvo Pärt

ummm . . .

Morton Subotnick?

and maybe --

aha!

Poul Ruders!
I think you need hear some György Kurtág's work.
 

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John Adams
Saariaho
Gubaidulina
Pärt

I'm having trouble coming up with a fifth composer. Admittedly, I don't listen to living composers very often. I do like some of the music of Reich, Glass, Penderecki, Brett Dean. I can't make up my mind because I don't have enough information. I'd be an uninformed voter if I made my final choice.
Kurtág-you won't be disappointed.
 

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My top five (and these composers are enjoying success, rightfully):

- Alma Deustcher (born 2005, therefore 21st century composer)
- Alex Prior (born 1992)
- Christopher Bond (born 1992)
- Jay Greenberg (born 1991)
- Krzysztof Penderecki (born 1933)
Deustcher? Oy vey!

If you're trolling you got me but if not . . . Oy vey!
 

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Statistical ways, based on the recently ending Top Recommended Post-1950 Works.
Primarily based on the number of pieces on the list from a composer, secondly if required by the sum of the ranking numbers.

Best living composer:
1. Boulez 6 pieces on the list,
2. Adams 5 pieces on the list, 346 (sum of the ranking numbers)
3. Penderecki 5 pieces on the list, 531 (sum of the ranking numbers)
4. Gubaidulina 4 pieces on the list, 386 (sum of the ranking numbers)
5. Crumb 4 pieces on the list, 400 (sum of the ranking numbers)

Best living composer under 65 years:
1. Haas 3 pieces on the list, 211 (sum of the ranking numbers)
2. Saariaho 3 pieces on the list, 245 (sum of the ranking numbers)
3. Chin 2 pieces on the list,
4. Adès 1 piece on the list, 44 (ranking number)
5. Rihm 1 piece on the list, 45 (ranking number)
No Kurtág? Dat be CRAY CRAY!
 
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