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EDIT: TO CLARIFY I am NOT criticising people for enjoying romantic music, or even only listening to romantic music. I am not saying you are wrong for hearing a piece of music and disliking it. What I AM criticising is the overwhelming negativity expressed towards modern classical music, like when people say "this is rubbish" or "this is just noise" or "this is like 5 year old banging on the piano", and the commonplace dismissal of all music written after the early 20th century.

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I feel a little disheartened at the constant negativity expressed towards modern classical music expressed not only in online internet forums but also by large amounts of classical music audience. I don't want to shame anyone for their tastes or anything, but it is a little depressing to see how much disdain and negativity is directed towards anything written after Mahler. In particular I remember Schönberg, one of my favourite composers, getting a lot of negativity for his music in the past (and a lot of ppl saying he's the cause of the downfall of classical music or whatever), although I feel like he's gotten a bit more respect in the last few years.

I think this is somewhat related to the chokehold 19th century Romantic music has on the current classical music community (a chokehold it seems to have had since the 20th century). A lot of classical listeners seem to listen only to music from the 19th century (EDIT: and thats fine! BUT) maybe that creates a certain idea of what classical music "should" sound like? As in, the qualities that were valued most highly in the 19th century (lyricism, emotional expression) have become attributed to classical music as a whole, so Baroque music that values dance rhythms or architectural construction, Classical music that values symmetry and structure, and modern music that values... well a lot of different things but for the sake of example lets just say timbral experimentation and extended techniques, these are not understood or appreciated as much by the core audience of Romantic-era listeners.

I've seen a lot of people criticising modern classical music for not providing music that is "pleasurable" , but their definition of pleasure seems to be related most strongly to a sense of comfort. I would argue that there are other forms of pleasure that music can provoke; intellectual pleasure that you gain from studying a Bach fugue, or the pleasure of curiosity as you listen to a piece of music that sounds nothing like anything you've heard before. Furthermore, music shouldn't have to provide "pleasure". A lot of great music, even before 20th century, is creepy (Salome - Ich habe deinen mund geküsst by Richard Strauss (yes ik this is 20th century but Strauss is basically a Romantic composer to me)), unpleasant (beginning of Les Eléméns by Jean-Féry Rebel) or just depressing as hell (Thy Hand, Belinda - Dido and Aeneas by Purcell).

It frustrates me to see people dismiss modern music as all serialism and ugliness, because I feel it's a limited view (also serialism hasn't been in vogue for like half a century).

Anyways, to add some positivity to this post, allow me to recommend some great pieces of 21st century music, all of which are very distinct and have different appeals and approaches to music.

Unsuk Chin - Cello Concerto

My favourite of her compositions. Chin's music is extremely colourful and vibrant in a way that reminds me of early 20th century music like that of Igor Stravinsky and Ottorino Respighi. Her music also has an "organic" quality, where it feels spontaneous and alive, an effect which is achieved through the extreme coordination of the players. I want to draw attention to these three chilling woodwind chords in the final movement, they make me shudder every time.

Kate Soper - Voices from the Killing Jar

A collection of 8 songs for soprano accompanied by chamber ensemble. Each of the 8 songs has its own individual character and sound world, which perfectly brings to life the flavour of the texts. My favourite song is "Midnight's Tolling", the text of which is taken from the diaries of Lucile Duplessis. There are a number of brilliant touches in the music of this piece, like the singer rubbing sandblocks together in time with her words to imitate the sound of a quill scratching on paper, or the way the musical texture suddenly changes on the phrase "My death would have been felt across the entire universe!"

Georg Friedrich Haas - in vain

Probably the most acclaimed piece of 21st century classical music, so I don't know what more I can say about it. I've only listened to this piece at home with headphones on, but even so it still felt like I had gone through a spiritual transformation afterwards. Yes, hyperbole is overdone and annoying, but I really don't know how I can describe this piece without it. It has an entirely unique effect, and is deserving of its praise. It was actually inspired by political events, but for me the music is extremely moving even on an abstract level.

Louis Andriessen - La Commedia

The video linked here only came out today, and it was actually what inspired me to make this post. I'm not familiar with this particular opera at all, but I have listened to a lot of Louis Andriessen's other music, and his jazzy, semi-diatonic approach to composition might appeal to a lot of people who don't otherwise like modern music. As for this opera, like I said I've only listened to a little bit of it today but I would highlight this section as one that really stuck out to me for its beauty.

Sky Macklay - Many, Many Cadences

A string quartet piece that plays around with the foundation of western classical music - the cadence. I love how Macklay takes this extremely fundamental aspect of music and distorts it through rhythm and constant modulation. The piece exists in an ambiguous place between rigid tonality and atonality, and is probably the most "fun" piece on this list.

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