I thought that this would make for an interesting thread. Though I'm not expecting a massive response, most living composers find it hard to gain any reputation within the music business. Lack of finance, distribution etc from record companies that prefer to market safer bets (older established classical) than take risks with new or current artists.
I would love to hear who your favorite LIVING composer is.
Also, can we limit one composer per post with added music recommendations, and why they should be recommended would be nice.
I'll get the wheels rolling with a living, but old warhorse...
SIR HARRISON BIRTWISTLE
Birtwistle should be recommended.. because he has produced some of the most powerfull, original music since the 1960's. From his Early satirical opera "Punch and Judy" to his massive masterpiece "The Mask of Orpheus" and more recently with "The Minotaur" he has consistently evolved with a unique style that has transcended from the obvious "Modernist" or "Avant garde".
"Ritualistic" is probably the only word that could be commonly used to describe his music.