Originally Posted by kwitel
I only know of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams and Michael Nyman.
I think I enjoy Glass the most:
I just bought Koyaanisqatsi, but I dont like it at all. Too many annoying vocals...I tend to prefer the movie score/soundtracks because they contain a story book feel where the tracks flow from one to the next.
Care to list your fave Composer and maybe some album suggestions? (and a quick description of the type of music)
I listen to a ton of "modern classical". Part of the trouble is that the term modern" is used differently bye many people. Insome ways, it is easier to think of pre-War (early 20th Century) and Post-War.
There have been many trends in music since Schoenberg challenged assumptions about tonality at the beginning of the 20th Century. I am not a scholar, but I see the three major movements as:
1) those who have continued to work in an atonal (serialist or post-serialist) mode, such as Ligeti, Penderecki, Carter, Boulez to name a few (and all good). I also particulary like the more minimalist-leaning composers, like Terry Riley or Morton Feldman.
2) Those who stayed more in tonal boundaries, like Copeland, Stravinsky, and maybe Shostokovich.
3) Then there are those that played with the boundary between tonal and atonal, and would bring in elements of tradtional/folk music, such as Bela Bartok. Try his Concerto for orchestra and/or his string quartet cycle. Somebody mentioned Arvo Part, who blends minimalism, with ancient/orthodox church music.
A lot of listening to "modern classical" is about how avante-garde you like your music. I haven't mentioned John Cage or Harrison Birtwistle or Karlheinz Stockhausenn or Iannis Xenakis. That kind of music can be challening and will alienate your family and neighbors, but is ulitmately rewarding.