We discuss whether contemporary classical composers can compare to the big names in the history of music. Why aren't the new composers that well known?
What is contemporary classical music?
Contemporary classical music refers to the music written by living composers or in the last few decades which relies largely on instrumentation and follows the aesthetical tradition of composers of the Classic Period (1750–1830), such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, etc. Contemporary classic composers, while following the style of these famous predecessors, usually add something new or different to their compositions.
Contemporary classic composers: why aren't they better known?
Some critics have argued that new classical music is stuck, as well as devoid of the melody and appeal than the music from the 18th and 19th century had. Others claim that it is inaccessible or noisy and that in today's context new classic music does not add much to the existing offer. However, many other music aficionados argue that these are just traditionalist opinions, and than there are many contemporary classic composers who are creating excellent music. For them, these composers are making this music genre evolve and will be much more appreciated in the future.
John Adams, Steve Reich, James Dillon, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and György Ligeti are some of the most celebrated contemporary composers. However, are they as good musicians as the geniuses of the Classic Period? Do you think that in the future their skills and contributions will be recognized? Why?
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Are contemporary classical composers as good as their famous predecessors?
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