A Guide to Contemporary Classical Music

Dear all,

Radio 4 presenter and journalist Tom Service has begun a weekly series in The Guardian exploring some of the most influential and interesting composers of the last 100 years (he is attempting one a week, for fifty two weeks).

As you may know I listen to a lot of this stuff, so really recommend you have a look at some articles, and check out some composers. I am convinced there will be something, or someone, in the world of 'contemporary' music you will like! I am currently listening to Harrison Birtwistle, the subject of this week's article.

I recommend beginning with this article, 'The Five Myths about Contemporary Classical Music', which tries to outline some of the reasons people are dismissive of, and struggle with, 'new' classical music.

The series can be found here. Be brave, and enjoy!

Mr. Guinane

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