Mar. 10th, 2010

wlotus: (Music)
I have never been a fan of modern classical music. Aaron Copeland is on the hairy edge; I like parts of some of his pieces--WQXR is playing a recording of the NY Philharmonic performing Copeland's "El Salon Mexico" under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, and it's enjoyable--but I can take or leave his music. Even more modern pieces, like "EXPO" by NY Philharmonic composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg, sound like the musical equivalent of trash cans banging at 2AM to my ears. Where Copeland's music strikes me as harmonic but stop-and-go, very modern music (like Lindberg's piece) sounds like chaotic stop-and-go with little melody and even less rhyme or reason. Even as an artist, it is difficult for me to appreciate it. I prefer the flowing, continuous sounds of Strauss, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and others of their ilk.

I would, however, like to give modern music a fair chance. I understand music is a matter of personal taste, so I may never like modern classical music, but I would like to understand it, at least to the point where I recognize it has structure, even if I don't like the chords and harmonics that make up the piece. Does anyone have any suggestions for modern composers and even written explanations of their music, so I can begin to understand what makes their music enjoyable to others?

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