Fine Arts and Communications
First Faculty Advisor
First Faculty Reader
Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Concert, Case Study
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hales, Christian, "I Hear Dead People: Addressing the Discord Between Museum Culture and Contemporary Classical Music" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 68.