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Frances Wilson - Where has all the (new) music gone?

A view from the stalls

There was a time, back in the 1970s when, as a Proms ingénue, just reading the words “new commission” or “world première” in the programme would make my heart sink for these dread words heralded what was surely going to be a vile cacophony of atonality, crashing dissonances and weird soundscapes of which an albeit musical child of 7 or 8 could make neither head nor tail.  1,162 more words


'. . . a refreshing antidote to the usual ‘classical music’ concert'.

The first in our series of Contemporary Classical Music Concerts in West Dorset – Sonic Coast [1] – took place at the end of July. It was a beautiful summer evening and those who attended enjoyed classical music on their doorstep in a unique setting. 331 more words


Composer Profile: Lei Liang


Chinese-born American composer Lei Liang (梁雷, b. Nov. 28, 1972, Tianjin) is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego. He received his first piano lessons at the age of four, and began composing at age six. 978 more words


Discovering Contemporary Classical Music

In June 2014 the BBC released a list of 10 pieces to introduce children to classical music. These were:

  1. John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine…
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