I'll confess it, there was a time when the idea of having to listen to a "world premiere" turned my stomach. Especially back when I was in college (yes, last century), it often meant having to endure what I felt was very dissonant, loud, unpleasant noise.
That's changed for me, particularly in recent years. Even in just the last year, pandemic and all, I've heard new music that I just loved and felt great enthusiasm for. A few examples: when Vijay Gupta played When the Violin by Reena Esmail; last month, when I heard the Viano String Quartet play the newly-commissioned Evergreen by Caroline Shaw; and watching growing catalogue of Jaytudes by jazz violinist Jason Anick - even playing one of them.
I daresay, these days I'm often more excited about hearing or playing a really great new piece than hearing a familiar and beloved old one.
But I would also defend those who really just want to hear the classics played well, or to play the oldies and goodies. The nice thing about the tried-and-true pillars of the classical repertoire is that....well, they are tried and true! You know what you are getting, and you know it's good. And there is an awful lot of good to hear.
So these days, what music excites you, what gets you in the mood to play or to listen? Is it the familiar repertoire from the the past, say 20th century or before? Or is it the brand-new music that is being written by living composers in this century?
Please participate in the vote, and then tell us about your answer. What music do you like? Have you heard any new music that excited you lately? What is your go-to composer to listen to, these days? (And it's okay if you change your mind all the time, just tell us about what is resonating with you today).
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