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Guide to contemporary music

Contemporary music is often reputedly difficult. But anyone who approaches it with an open-mind is immediately struck by the incredible richness of sound, colours and impressions that contemporary composers have explored. If you're still a bit confused and need some guidance for your first steps in this vast territory, you will find here An Introduction to contemporary music, as well as interviews with specialist performers and composers to witness the vitality of contemporary music today.
An introduction to contemporary music...

Introduction to Contemporary Music 1: The Young Generation

In the first of a four-part series, Peter Reynolds looks at different strands in contemporary music with a focus on composers in the immediate here and now. This week he writes about five composers now in their 30s and 40s, all writing very different kinds of music.

Introduction to Contemporary Music 3: Cutting-Edge Heavyweights

In the third of a four-part series, Peter Reynolds looks at different strands in contemporary music with a focus on composers in the immediate here and now. This week he looks at five composers whose music occupies the challenging end of the spectrum.

Introduction to Contemporary Music 2: The Minimalists

In the second of a four-part series, Peter Reynolds looks at different strands in contemporary music with a focus on composers in the immediate here and now. This week he writes about five composers who have, in different ways, attracted the label “minimalist”.

Introduction to Contemporary Music 4: Rugged Individuals

In the last of a four-part series, Peter Reynolds looks at different strands in contemporary music with a focus on composers in the immediate here and now. This week he looks at five composers whose approach to music is utterly individual.
Articles and interviews

Défis contemporains : rencontre avec Amos Elkana

Récompensé par de nombreux prix, Amos Elkana est un compositeur israélien au carrefour entre différents genres et styles. Ses compositions s’inspirent du jazz, des traditions moyen-orientales, de l’avant-garde musicale et de l’électronique, toujours avec la même approche ambitieuse. Nous lui avons demandé quels sont aujourd'hui les principaux défis rencontrés par un compositeur, ainsi que de nous présenter sa technique.

Remembering the legacy of Pauline Oliveros

“Music is a multi-dimensional, dynamic process unfolding as a relationship between an individual or a group of individuals, and sound vibrations.

Keeping the Boulez spirit alive

Daniel Barenboim inaugurated last month the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. The most interesting feature of the hall lies not in its flowing architecture, but rather in its name: the Pierre Boulez Saal. One year after the French composer death, what is his legacy?

A guide to contemporary music festivals

There are plenty of occasions to hear Beethoven's symphonies or Mozart's operas throughout the year. But what about the 21st century repertoire? Contemporary music lovers often find it hard to quench their thirst for new music. Thankfully, some festivals specialise in contemporary music, giving to everyone the opportunity to drink their fill.

John Constable, London Sinfonietta: interview

We kick off our interviews series with John Constable, London Sinfonietta Emeritus Principal Piano.

Enno Senft, London Sinfonietta: interview

We continue our interviews series with Enno Senft, the London Sinfonietta's Principal Double Bass.

Jagdish Mistry, Ensemble Modern: interview

We continue our interviews series with Jagdish Mistry, violinist at the Ensemble Modern.
Want to read more? Check out Bachtrack Composer Project for interviews with established leading figures and emerging voices.
Spectacles à venirEn voir plus...

Hong KongEpitaphs

Dean, Mendelssohn, Franck
Borromeo String Quartet; Brett Dean; Cecile Licad; Cho-Liang Lin

LondresEnglish Chamber Orchestra & Mark Padmore: Reflections

Corelli, Tippett, Dowland, Britten, Woolrich
English Chamber Orchestra; Mark Padmore; Lawrence Power

SeattleConcert #2

Mozart, Higdon, Fauré
Amy Schwartz Moretti; Richard O'Neill; Ida Levin; Denis Brott
Critiques récentesEn voir plus...

Entre Haydn et Reich : Marc-André Hamelin à Montréal

La Maison Symphonique de Montréal accueillait mardi le pianiste Marc-André Hamelin et l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, sous la baguette de Kent Nagano, pour un concert intitulé « Haydn & Reich ». Au programme : Eight Lines de Reich, le Concerto en sol de Ravel et la Symphonie n° 104 de Haydn.

Lorsque le cirque rejoint la musique : entre déséquilibre et état de grâce

Le jongleur Yoann Bourgeois et les pianistes Wilhem Latchoumia et Jay Gottlieb nous rappellent comment le cirque peut rejoindre la musique classique. A côté des inspirations quelquefois stéréotypées de Widman, Satie ou Stravinsky, la chorégraphie jonglée sur une fugue de Bach est une merveille.

Thomas Adès et Kirill Gerstein à la Fondation Louis Vuitton : le deux pianos à l'honneur

Mettant la musique pour deux pianos à l'honneur, le concert de Thomas Adès et Kirill Gerstein nous offre un panorama de ce genre aux multiples facettes, qui culminera dans la Valse de Ravel et une création européenne de Thomas Adès.