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What is Contemporary Classical Music, and What are Its Artists?

Classical music has been around for a long time, but it has changed dramatically to keep it from becoming extinct. That evolution is seen in the last century with the introduction of post-classical compositions.

What is Contemporary Classical Music?

Contemporary Classical Music is post-tonal classical music written in the last fifty years. It generally refers to the contemporary forms of post-tonal music written after Anton Webern‘s death in 1945.

Examples of contemporary classical composers include Richard Strauss, John Cage, and Steven Mackey. This type of music is often minimalist, serial, experimental, and electronic.

It is not the same as classical music, which includes popular rock, R&B, pop, metal, and jazz. This genre still teaches essential harmony, music theory, and correct playing techniques. The best contemporary composers include Steve Reich, John Adams, James Dillon, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In addition to these notable contemporary composers, there are several unique examples of recent classical works.

Modern Classical Music

History of Modern Classical Music

The period from the late Baroque to the Early Modern era is the most turbulent and bewildering in modern orchestral music. Composers were pulling in different directions at the same time.

The Austrian composers of this period were primarily torn. While Webern was experimenting with serial structures, Lehar continued his operatic style. Despite this, the history of modern classical music remains fascinating.

The growth of orchestras in the late 1700s marked the transition to classical music. Composers continued to experiment with new instrumentation combinations and explored new horizons of harmony. The popularity of opera and public concerts spread throughout the country.

Although there are many periods in the history of modern classical music, the 20th century was the most prosperous in terms of innovation. By the early twentieth century, composers were allowed free rein and were encouraged to explore their artistic abilities.

The Romantic period saw the rise of a style called atonality. This period saw composers allowing their natural inspiration to flourish and let the music free itself of harmonic conventions.

The prominence of popular music grew exponentially. Many composers remained loyal to the classic style while avoiding the pitfalls of previous periods. Some abandoned tonality in favor of serialism, while others sought inspiration in folk melodies and impressionist sentiments.

Modern Classical Artists

A modern classical artist is a composer whose works are contemporary in style and composition. This style of music is considered modern, and it often includes genres such as serial, electronic, experimental, minimalist, and digital music.

These artists work on more traditional classic compositions than those from earlier centuries. The term “contemporary classical” is usually applied to classical forms composed in the post-tonal period after the death of Anton Webern.

Many modern classical artists have shaped classical music. These musicians have made it their own and are great for adding to your playlist. Here are some of the most popular contemporary composers and their songs. These composers have become very influential and are shaping modern classic songs today.

Another group of composers working in the classical genre is the modernists. These artists are experimental and culturally inclusive. Some of their music is highly innovative, incorporating jazz, hip hop, and trance elements.

Other composers include Missy Mazzoli, a Spanish-born New Yorker who uses the piano to make melodic arrangements. A Puerto Rican composer, Angelica Negron, has also written pieces using unusual instruments, such as whistles, music boxes, and acoustic guitar.


In my mind, the modern classical music scene is already transforming. Music lovers are now more connected. There are more ways of learning about new music, whether it be from your favorite band’s latest Instagram post or a random link to an album from one of your friends on Facebook.

I’m certain that this is true for many musicians across different genres. However, there are plenty of artists who do not rely on the Internet to gain exposure, such as opera singers or chamber musicians.

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