Collection: Essential Classical - Contemporary period

Edgard Varèse famously asked the question, "What is music but organized noises?" Contemporary Classical generally refers to all styles after 1940, when compositions were often aggressively challenging the norms of all Western art music music that came before. Sometimes the term denotes an even more restricted period from the 1960's to the 1980's, but for the purpose of this collection we'll use the widest definition. The Serialism of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen, the Minimalism of Arvo Part and Steve Reich, and the Postmodern instrument experimentations of John Cage and Harry Partch, and the Musique Concrète of Pierre Schaeffer and Edgard Varèse are just a few high points for the Contemporary Classical period. This collection features a small number of notable works from mid-20th century until today, Avant-Garde sounds which had a profound effect on Jazz, Rock, Electronic, and even Pop musicians. - Scott Boutin