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Basic Repertoire

Modern Period

[Crumb's Makrokosmos]

(1945 - present)


Adams | Babbitt | Barraqué | Berio | Boulez | Bryars | Cage | Carter | Crumb | Dallapiccola | Feldman | Ferneyhough | Glass | Gubaidulina | Harrison | Hartmann | Henze | Hovhaness | Kokkonen | Krenek | Ligeti | Lindberg | Lutosławski | Nancarrow | Nono | Pärt | Partch | Penderecki | Reich | Reynolds | Riley | Sallinen | Scelsi | Schnittke | Stockhausen | Subotnick | Takemitsu | Varèse | Webern | Wolpe | Wuorinen | Xenakis

The modern repertoire obviously requires better representation then it is currently receiving. To that end, I am looking for volunteers to write short biographies and recommend specific recordings for those composers who are not currently well-represented. All contributions will be credited. Recommended repertoire is also up for discussion. If you have specific interest in this music or these composers and would like to help, please send your contribution (bio, recommended recordings, etc.) to my email address.
Thanks,
Dave Lampson <webmaster@classical.net>

ADAMS, John

  • Grand Pianola Music
  • Harmonium

BABBITT, Milton

  • Piano Music
  • * Piano Concerto
  • String Quartets

BARRAQUE, Jean

  • Concerto

BERIO, Luciano

  • Sequenza
  • Chemins
  • Sinfonia

BOULEZ, Pierre

  • Pli selon pli
  • Piano Sonatas
  • * Memoriale a Bruno Maderna

BRYARS, Gavin

  • After the Requiem

CAGE, John

  • Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra
  • Constructions for Percussion
  • * Music for String Quartet
  • Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
  • * Songs

CARTER, Elliot

  • Concerto for Orchestra
  • * String Quartets

CRUMB, George

  • Ancient Voices of Children
  • Black Angels
  • Music for a Summer Evening

DALLAPICCOLA, Luigi

  • Chamber Music

FELDMAN, Morton

  • Chamber Music
  • * Rothko Chapel

FERNEYHOUGH, Brian

  • La Chute d'icare

GLASS, Philip

  • Einstein On The Beach
  • * Low Symphony
  • Powaqqatsi (film music)

GUBAIDULINA, Sofia

  • Offertorium

HARRISON, Lou

  • Music for Gamelan
  • Percussion Music
  • * Symphony #2

HARTMANN, Karl Amadeus

  • Concerto funèbre
  • Symphonies

HENZE, Hans Werner

  • El Cimarron
  • String Quartets
  • Symphonies

HOVHANESS, Alan

  • Armenian Rhapsodies
  • Symphonies (#2 "Mysterious Mountain", etc.)

KOKKONEN, Joonas

  • Symphony #4

KRENEK, Ernst

  • Piano Sonatas
  • * String Quartets

LIGETI, György

  • * Atmospheres
  • Adventures
  • Études for Piano
  • * Horn Trio
  • String Quartets

LINDBERG, Magnus

  • Kraft

LUTOSLAWSKI, Witold

  • Chains
  • Concerto for Cello
  • String Quartet
  • * Symphonies (#3)

NANCARROW, Conlon

  • Studies for Player Piano

NONO, Luigi

  • Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima
  • * Hay que caminar

PÄRT, Arvo

  • Arbos
  • Fratres
  • Miserere
  • * Tabula Rasa

PARTCH, Harry

  • And on the Seventh Day, Petals Fell in Petaluma

PENDERECKI, Krzysztof

  • Concertos (Violin, Cello, Viola…)
  • * Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Utrenya

REICH, Steve

  • Music For 18 Musicians
  • Desert Music

REYNOLDS, Roger

  • * Whispers Out Of Time

RILEY, Terry

  • In C
  • Salome Dances for Peace

SALLINEN, Aulis

  • Chamber Music
  • * Symphonies

SCHNITTKE, Alfred

  • * Concerti Grossi
  • String Quartets
  • Symphonies (3, 4)

SCELSI, Giacinto

  • String Quartets

STOCKHAUSEN, Karlheinz

  • * Klavierstücke
  • * Kontakte
  • Mantra
  • Stimmung

SUBOTNICK, Morton

  • The Key to Songs

TAKEMITSU, Tōru

  • November Steps
  • Piano Music
  • River Run

VARESE, Edgard

  • Deserts
  • Ionisation
  • Octandre

WEBERN, Anton

  • * Music for String Quartet
  • * Five Orchestral Pieces

WOLPE, Stefan

  • Chamber Music

WUORINEN, Charles

  • Piano Concerto #3
  • String Quartet #3

XENAKIS, Yannis

  • * Metastatis
  • Oresteia
  • * Palimpsest
  • Tetras
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