Weekend self-care open thread: Modern classical music, but with melody

Weekend self-care open thread: Modern classical music, but with melody


Well, what a week! Last night I thought I wouldn’t be able to keep our tradition. But, so far, it seems as if we’re in a lull. So, on to the music!

As you all know, I’m a bit of a music geek. I listen to everything from bluegrass to the blues.

Growing up in New York, one of the stations to which I was always tuned was WQXR, the classical music station which was owned by the New York Times. I remember being 8 or 9, sick in bed, and that station on soothing me in my illness.

A quick primer on modern classical music: For much of the 20th century, in revolt against the the century’s tragedies, composers eschewed tonality—melody—in favor of new modes of musical expression. The results were, well, mixed. The Second Viennese School produced works of stark beauty. But much of the work of 20th century composers was unlistenable.

Late in the century, starting with composers like Terry Riley and Lamonte Young, there was a move back to tonality, as the excesses of atonality and serialism were killing the audience for Western art music.

For this weekend’s thread, we will explore a few pieces of modern classical music which, you know, don’t make you want to rip off your ears.

Post your own favorite music, of whatever genre.

As always, care for yourselves and others.




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