Modern Classical Music recommendations

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Modern Classical Music recommendations

Postby dumbzebra » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:25 pm UTC

So despite growing up in a musical school, my relation to classical music is pretty much non existent. I know a lot about classic music theory, melody patterns and instrumentation, but close to nothing regarding the music itself, especially the modern one.
I finally realized that I'm missing out on a huge part of art I have been looking for for a long time, and that I want to catch up.
So basically what I'm looking for are recommendations for classical pieces and artists, mostly modern, as I think that I have the beethoven and bach stuff at home somewhere. I really like the sound of Celli and solo piano, if that would help.
I know this is a very broad request, so feel free to just throw in what you know and , if possible, provide a sound sample.
Here are two pieces that may help you understand what direction I want to go, but of course it's not limited to this kind:
Soundtrack from the movie "waking life":
John Murphy - The End
Thank you in advance.
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Re: Modern Classical Music recommendations

Postby ChocloManx » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:01 am UTC

Arvo Pärt might be right up your alley:
also maybe Ástor Piazzolla
or Philip Glass
Benjamin Britten
Olivier Messiaen (from the same work)
John Cage
Igor Stravinsky
Erik Satie (you probably know this one)
György Ligeti
Richard Strauss
Paul HIndemith
Leo Brouwer

And now, the uglier side of modern music (I mean this in the best possible way, this is stuff I like)

Anton Webern
more Messiaen
Krysztof Penderecki
Heinz Holliger
more Ligeti
Brian Ferneyhough

Obviously I'm overlooking a lot of important composers, but I think in general it's a pretty good list to get you started.
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Re: Modern Classical Music recommendations

Postby achan1058 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:29 am UTC

You missed Bartok, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev, for 20th century.

There's also a composer named Sofia Gubaidulina that wrote some interesting work, IMO. Definitely more on the adventurous side, but still interesting:

If all else fails, go check the Shutter Island OST. Most pieces (excluding the Mahler and pop) are from 20th century avant-garde. Also note that not every piece of Penderecki are that extreme.

For the lolz, there's also Glenn Gould:

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Re: Modern Classical Music recommendations

Postby Dirk » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:21 pm UTC

I can recommend single composers, but the most important names have already been mentioned it seems.

So I will recommend doing this:

- Start at what you like in classical music, for most people this is usually Mozart/Bach/Chopin/Beethoven, and then expand your taste from there. What I find usefull is just browsing random youtube videos. The videos with most clicks are usually also the most accessible pieces (Think Fur Elise ;) ). From there you can go to the lesser known videos from similar artists. It helps to know what came before the music that is composed if you want to listen to something.

I started at Mozart and Beethoven, and went to Chopin and Bach from there (forwards and backwards in time). And from there I just went more and more forward in time.. Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, etc

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Re: Modern Classical Music recommendations

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:19 pm UTC

I found out about Messiaen from reading about Futurama on Wikipedia. From there, I've developed the desire to learn to play the ondes Martenot
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