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

"Je ne suis pas un compositeur politisé", John Adams

Entre deux séances de composition de son nouvel opéra Girls of the Golden West, nous avons rencontré John Adams pour évoquer Scheherazade.2, l'avenir de la musique classique et son potentiel politique.

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.

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.

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.

Top 10 Living Women Composers

According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. 

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.
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New York CityKavakos Plays Brahms

Brahms, Thorvaldsdóttir, Salonen
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Gilbert; Leonidas Kavakos; Anu Komsi; Piia Komsi

ZürichSchubert, Kurtág, Beethoven

Schubert, Kurtág, Beethoven
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

CardiffGrand Band (NY)

Kerekes, Glass, Wallace, Lang, Metcalf, Reich
Grand Band
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À l’Opéra de Dijon, Kalîla wa Dimna offre mille et un enchantements

Le principal message de Kalîla wa Dimna nous en est donné par les premiers mots : « Si vous tuez un poète, il renaîtra en mille chansons ».

Happy Birthday, Mr. Adams! Une fête américaine à Lyon

L’Auditorium célèbre les 70 ans du minimaliste en sa présence, avec l’ONL sous la direction de Leonard Slatkin et l’éblouissante violoniste Hilary Hahn dans le concerto de Tchaïkovski

Yo-Yo Ma à Lyon : le violoncelle vocaliste, airs et récitatifs

Le violoncelliste et sa pianiste Kathryn Stott triomphent à l’Auditorium.