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Anyone got any NEW music recommendations? 

I like Sculthorpe, Part, Bowie, Adams and lots of Glass and some Reich.

Don't like Tavener, The Protecting Veil, what a nonsense. 

 

 

 

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Atonal,

Here are a few composers and works I have enjoyed:

Ades - Violin Concerto

Aho - Clarinet Concerto (seek out video if you can!)

Unsuk Chin - Violin Concerto (for me better than John Adam's concerto, and equal in affections to the Peteris Vask's VC)

Henze - Pollicino (a fairy tale for children)

Kurtag: Kurtag's Ghosts (not so much a single composition but a tapestry, where Kurtag links piano pieces from many composers with threads of his own - very fun)

Lutoslawski - take your pick, but good choices include the 3rd symphony and Paganini Variations

Rihm - a great place to start is his works for violin and orchestra with Mutter a great advocate (avoid Tutuguri until you are sure you are fan - it my current K2; I still cannot get to the summit!)

Sciarrino - Suo poeme concentrici (three works to accompany Dante's Divine Comedy)

And much as it mught cause others to chuckle I would always recommend John Cage, Harry Partch and Morton Feldman. I have never heard Partch's music live (and unless I end up living in the US I probably never will!) but it is so contrary to everything I understood about music (microtonal, defiantly different and a huge part of the origin of the Tom Waits 'sound', which I love dearly).

I keep explaining to my wife that when we finally decide to take our own home I will need a small shed some distance from the house. What she does not know yet is that I want to put a system in there so I can sit back, close my eyes and bathe in the sounds of 'For Bunita Marcus' played at full volume. Odd to think I would follow that up with Liszt... probably.

 

Naupilus

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I likes modern music it can be very useful. I goes into the barn and puts on a Terry Riley CD and wife thinks I be busy working away on me tractor banging on endlessly. I puts some cotton wool in me ears and gets some sleep I do.

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I'm a bit of a fan of Sally Beamish, does that count as 'new' music?

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Sally Beamish has some good, in a way, compositions. She is a contemporary composer, in any case.

Personally, I found very little in what you may mean in "new" music. However, two, at least, Polish composers, namely Bacewitz and Kancheli have some interesting stuff to listen to.

The Finnish Saariaho has been honoured with an extensive discography. She is, somehow, intriguing and fascinating. Her Opera "L'Amour de loin" is interesting, in various ways, indeed.

However, have you covered all the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic, early, mid and late 20th century composers, so that you need "new" music (and how new, actually)?

Anyway, it's your call, after all.

Parla

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tagalie wrote:

As for the Wife Issue, I've found a three-pronged approach works best:

1) Take baby steps. Don't start out with something that sounds like raccoons amongst the trash cans, at max volume. 35 years ago my wife thought Prokofiev was too 'jumpy'. Today she counts Berg amongst her faves.

2) Intersperse stuff that you like with stuff that she likes. In our house two cds of bed-of-nails music equals one Joni Mitchell.

3) Buy headphones.

Tagalle

I think I need to make clear that the proposed shed is neither a place of seclusion or that my wife objects to my music (she is remarkably open to my tastes, while I struggle with her tastes on occasion!). It is just that when we stop moving around (three continents, three jobs and five homes in the last ten years!) and have saved up enough money (if the children don't take it all in college fees!) I want to semi-retire and have a workshop to indulge all my hobbies, including Feldman. Imagine a shed like the one Mahler had in Toblach and you'll have a better idea... in return I have to build a kitchen with bells and whistles. It is a fair deal I feel.

One example of my wife's very remarkable ease - she allowed me, when creating an itunes mix for our two year old, to include Feldman. I wonder how Feldman would have felt, sharing a playlist with Sesame Street Greatest Hits and Saturday Night Fever (which remarkably was the first music our boy ever danced to). Only one item was vetoed by the higher power - I did so much want to put Woody Guthrie on the playlist.

Naupilus

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Atonal wrote:

I like Sculthorpe, Part, Bowie, Adams and lots of Glass and some Reich.

Michael Torke  '...has been described a both a post-minimalist and a post-modernist.  The former label has been applied him because his highly energetic music appears to have its roots in the tightly organized rhythmic systems of Glass and Reich, while the latter is due to his cool, polystylistic eclecticism.'  The Rough Guide to Classical Music

I like him because of his tunes.

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Devon Farmer wrote:
I likes modern music it can be very useful. I goes into the barn and puts on a Terry Riley CD and wife thinks I be busy working away on me tractor banging on endlessly. I puts some cotton wool in me ears and gets some sleep I do.

NURSE, he's out of his bed again!

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Atonal wrote:

 

I like Sculthorpe, Part, Bowie, Adams and lots of Glass and some Reich.

 

I dont sees how you liking David Bowie and Bryan Adams makes you an expert on new music, I did like thaart film with Kevin Costner mind you. And come on, nobody likes Scunthorpe. Thars one born every minute there is.

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Devon Farmer wrote:
Thars one born every minute there is.

Yadda yadda yadda!

 


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Parla wrote:
However, have you covered all the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic, early, mid and late 20th century composers, so that you need "new" music (and how new, actually)?

No of course I haven't Parla, but I love new discoveries and soundscapes. Contemporary composers should at least be listened to. Where would your beloved Beethoven have been without Razumovsky, etc?

Thanks all for your recommendations plenty to go at this weekend (when Six Nations Rugby isn't on the TV).

Naupilous - I love the Ades violin conc. also his piano quintett is also very worth listening to. Just had a quick listen on Spotify to 10 mins. beginning of For Bunita Marcus, looking forward to letting it 'wash over me' too.

Tagalie - thanks for the three step approach. My F.P.O. (Fun Prevention Officer) can be such a scathing critic.


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