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Old 12-11-2010, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who's the great classical writers these days? or are all the good one's dead?
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are A LOT of good composers out there today! These are some of my favourites. A few of them are film composers.

  • Stephen Sondheim
  • John Williams
  • Arvo Part
  • Philip Glass
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Howard Shore
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I hadn't realised Part was still alive, his music is fantastic.

FiveKorvex: as a genre, "classical" isn't all it used to be, indeed the vast majority of the community that used to compose classical music have now evolved into a genre often referred to as "Contemporary Classical" (amusing name that). There are still quite a few composers of this style, and those who kick back to the old forms and styles of the truly classical eras, but due to the creation of rock, jazz, and all the other genres in the last 100 years, it has fallen to the wayside in terms of popularity, which is why it doesn't seem as evident these days.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As far as I know, Part is still alive This is one of my favourite pieces of his:



Your explanation of classical as a genre today is spot on!
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's a relatively modern composition by Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe (born 1929 and still alive)

Earth Cry (composed - 1986)



It does get a lot more intense after the silence at around 1:30
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Elena Kats-Chernin



Another Australian composer and an uncommon sight in that female composers usually don't gain much recognition, but I love her music .
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I like John Adams, Phillip Glass, Zbigniew Priesner, Steven Reich and Ennio Morricone, too. And Henryk Gorecki just left us last month.

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A few CD's with works from living composers that I would recommend include.....








....and operas on DVD...



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I like Vestard Shimkus.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I might also include Esa-Pekka Salonen, esp now that he's given up the baton.

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