Late 20th Century / Early 21st Century Violin Pieces?
Everybody is familiar with the classics: Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, etc. but what about some newer pieces for violin?
I have to admit I am not familiar with the last 50 years or so of classical music, but I would like to hear some recordings of violin virtuosos playing some modern (post-modern? contemporary?) concertos and sonatas, etc.
Phillip Glass comes to mind, but he's about all I know for modern classical music plus the recent Grammy winning piece that James Ehnes recorded.
What else should I listen to to get a good idea of what modern music classical music sounds like?
(film scores don't count, although there are some great ones)
You may want to start with John Williams, who is better known for his film scores, but has also written a very good violin concerto.
Alma Deutscher & Gerry Joe Weise (check out Blue Concerto for orchestra - I love this.).
Some groups/individuals that peform a lot of new music:
In 150 years or so we'll have a good handle on whether the stuff they wrote is any good. About the same time the Greenland Ice Sheet makes Florida disappear.
Florida, you say? Sounds like a win-win to me, Paul!
John Cage's 4:33 is a good one, but I bet you've heard that before
Gloria Coates has some really interesting quartets.
Xenakis composed a piece for the final stage of an international cello competition. None of the finalists could cope with it. You have been warned!
If you'd like a nice overview of contemporary quartet material, search youtube for the JACK Quartet...they do only contemporary repertoire, and you can hear the work of several of the composers mentioned here. My daughter did a master class with them last week, interesting group.
Not all modern composers go around modernist styles. I like very much and recommend Jorge Grundman.
I second the suggestion of 4'33. A truly touching and beautiful piece.
Michael - Deutscher's violin concerto is good, but some of it is parts from recognizable pieces. I don't know how that happened, whether it was intentional or accidental (haha!), but I'm a bit skeptical about it, though it was a nice piece.
And check out John William's Tuba concerto.
@Louis Dhoore - that Lutoslawski Partita is great, I'll be digging through some more of your suggestions shortly. Thanks for sharing!
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