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Old 12-01-2011, 10:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I like Eric Whitacre's choral compositions-particularly his work with the Virtual Choir. Check it out on youtube.
They're also incredible fun to sing - virtually all his pieces have 3rd bass lines down in the gutteral depths of the range, and it's the same up the higher end. They give singers a chance to sing in registers they don't necessarily hit :P
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Another important composer: Samuel Barber. These are the famous Adagio for Strings (1936) and Violin Concerto op.14 (1939):



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Old 12-09-2011, 01:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Gyorgi Ligeti is probably by far my favorite post 50s composer. An original, genius, madman with a sense of humor:

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Old 12-10-2011, 08:19 AM   #15 (permalink)
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A very broad genre, indeed. So many subgenres, musicians, instruments....
As it's defined here I think it's way too broad. Anything from over 20 years ago I would struggle to label as modern in the usual sense.

Even now of course there is a wide variety of things, often crossing over with musicians from popular music (from jazz, 'rock', world music, electronica etc).
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