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Sunday, July 10, 2005


Here's a list of some composers whose music I enjoy whose names you've most likely never heard. If you have, please raise your hand and comment or email me. I'm betting I won't get a single response (except for John Cage - maybe).

Milton Babbitt
Iannis Xenakis
Gunther Schuller
Elliott Carter
Krzysztof Penderecki
John Cage
Edgar Varese
Francis Poulenc
Henryk Górecki
Arvo Pärt
Alfred Schnittke
Gyorgy Ligeti
Toshio Hosokawa
Kaija Saariaho
Luigi Dallapiccola
Paolo Perezzani

I've listened to what has been called "20th century classical" or "dodecaphonic" or "serialist" or "atonal" music since my third year of high school when I was introduced to such things by Ms. Audrey Jacques, a great Humanities teacher from Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California where I spent three years of my life.

My appetite for classical music was fed by Kingsley McLaren, the music director for the only classical music radio station in San Diego.  I took an Honors Music 101 course and Kingsley was the guest professor.  That was an incredible class and I remember spending many hours after class chatting with Mr. McLaren about classical music.  We both shared a love for Baroque, Renaissance, and 20th Century.

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Posted by: Dnebiviza | Apr 1, 2009 4:22:34 AM

Definitely bookmarking your blog. Now playing "Ecuatorial" by Varese.

Posted by: Francesco | Jul 17, 2005 9:23:46 PM

Good list. Ok, I've heard of everyone but Hosokawa and Perezzani. I don't think I've actually heard the music of Saariaho or Dallapiccola. I've listened a lot to Part, Ligeti and Varese. And yes, I'm listening to one of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes as I write this.

Not surprisingly, I like 20th century and baroque but no longer really listen to 19th century music.

Posted by: Robert Gable | Jul 17, 2005 9:11:32 PM


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