Degree Name

BA

Department

Music

College

Fine Arts and Communications

Defense Date

2019-03-08

Publication Date

2019-03-16

First Faculty Advisor

Neil Thornock

First Faculty Reader

Eric Hansen

Honors Coordinator

Steven Johnson

Keywords

Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Concert, Case Study

Abstract

Classical music in our society is a window to the past. While social attitudes are increasingly forward thinking, backward-looking preferences in classical music have stayed relatively unchanged since the mid 19th century. Why isn’t the music of living composers listened to and respected as much as that of dead composers? I begin this paper by briefly outlining the beginnings of our modern musical landscape--that is where we came from and how we got here. I then make a series of observations on performing groups that are presenting contemporary classical music in innovative ways. Lastly, I discuss the concert of new music that I curated, ways I attempted to make it more relevant to a general audience, and insights I gained from the experience.

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