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Five contemporary orchestra pieces you have to know

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Old 06-12-09, 11:32 PM
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You all know that I am a big fan of lists. Today I am sharing with you five of my most favorite orchestra pieces. Let me know how your list would look like!

1. Luciano Berio: Sinfonia
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2. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen
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3. Iannis Xenakis: Metastasis
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4. Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain
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5. György Ligeti: Atmospheres
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None of you know that I am not a big fan of lists.* But sometimes I just can't resist.

*OK, now you do.

Gráinne Mulvey, Akanos
Helmut Lachenmann, Harmonica
Edgard Varčse, Arcana*
Morton Feldman, Flute and Orchestra
John Cage, Atlas Eclipticalis*

*not strictly speaking contemporary, but fortunately, the op established this precedent.
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George Crumb - A Haunted Landscape
Crumb is famous for chamber works like Black Angels, but fans should hear this nightmarish symphonic work.

Charles Wuorinen - Percussion Symphony
No other work has demonstrated a composer's command of percussion on such a grand scale.

Barbara Kolb - Millefoglie
This is for electronics and chamber orchestra, a stunningly assured exploration into the poetry of sound.

Gloria Coates - Symphony #14 (Symphony in Microtones)
You either love Coates or you hate her. Personally, I can't get enough of her. I think this symphony shows her glacial glissandi at their most forbidding.

Earle Brown - Available Forms II
One of the pioneering works of open form composition, it's for 98 instruments and two conductors.

Roger Reynolds - Transfigured Wind II
Reynolds is one of the greatest composers you've never heard. He won the Pulitzer for Whispers out of Time for string orchestra, but I prefer this fascinating work of Reynolds for flute and orchestra.

Tristan Murail - Gondwana
This work is Spectralism in a nutshell: mystical and kaleidoscopic.
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Jörg Widmann: Implosion

György Ligeti: Lontano

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia

Giacinto Scelsi: Uaxuctum

Krzysztof Penderecki: Anaklasis
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Sheesh! What is it with guys and lists?!
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how contemporary are we talking? i'm rather reverent of the Schoenberg 5 pieces for orchestra, opus 16.

of more recent works, the Ligeti violin concerto can be pretty devastating. i also like Edgar Meyer's stuff like his violin concerto (winningly played by Hilary Hahn with the SPCO), and icelander Karin Rehnqvist's "Solsĺngen."
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I'm taking this invitation to relate to post-WW2 for convenience's sake - in no particular chronological or other order:
B.A. Zimmermann: Photoptosis
Helmut Lachenmann: Concertini
Peter Maxwell Davies: 2nd Fantasia on John Taverner's In Nomine
Henri Dutilleux: Métaboles
György Kurtág: Stele

Of course, another morning I would choose five different works - and my knowledge of contemporary orchestral works is by no means exhaustive.
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Tristan Murail - Gondwana
This work is Spectralism in a nutshell: mystical and kaleidoscopic.
Yay, a convert!

I'll second that (though Murail's Désintégrations is almost, if not as good - Gondwana is perhaps only more impressive since it doesn't use electronics) and add in no particular order:

Boulez - Notations VII

Carter - Concerto for Orchestra

Ligeti - Lontano

Birtwistle - Panic
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William Bolcom- William Blake's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience"

Osvaldo Golijov- Oceana

Henryk Górecki- Symphony no. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"

John Adams- Harmonium

Daniel Catan- Rappaccini's Daughter


Given another day and I might have chosen


Philip Glass- Einstein on the Beach

James MacMillian- Seven Last Words from the Cross

Toru Takemitsu- A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden

Arvo Pärt- Te Deum

Einojuhani Rautavaara- Symphony no. 7 "Angel of Light"
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