Then I stumbled upon a blog post on Modern Tempo, and discovered William Duckworth's The Time Curve Preludes. Upon first hearing I was totally enchanted by its "Mozartean melodic logic" (I also noticed that Coldplay "borrowed" the grand melody of 12th prelude for their 'Til Kingdom Come). I rushed to Wikipedia and read everything I could find. It turned out there's a genre that I never heard of: Postminimalism.
- a steady pulse, usually continuing throughout a work or movement;
- a diatonic pitch language, tonal in effect but avoiding traditional functional tonality;
- general evenness of dynamics, without strong climaxes or nuanced emotionalism; and
- unlike minimalism, an avoidance of obvious or linear formal design."
Here's the Spotify playlist: Postminimalism (26 track, total time: 3 hours) See track list below, composers and works are linked to official sites, Wikipedia or other informative pages. Personally I found it a thoroughly enjoyable playlist that deserves and benefits from intense repeated listens (I can only take Music For 18 Musicians once a month. Einstein On The Beach? Once a year if you mean the whole opera...), hope you like it as well, and look forward to recommendations.
- John Adams – Grand Pianola Music
- Beth Anderson – Torero Piece
- David Borden – The Continuing Story of Counterpoint
- Gavin Bryars: Cello Concerto (Farewell to Philosophy)
- Michael Byron – Marimbas in the Dorian Mode
- Mary Ellen Childs – Kilter
- Conrad Cummings – Photo-Op
- Paul Dresher – Other Fire
- William Duckworth: Southern Harmony
- Michael Jon Fink – Celesta Solo
- Peter Garland – Another Sunrise
- Daniel Goode – Clarinet Drum
- Jean Hasse: Next Dance
- Guy Klucevsek – Perusal
- Paul Lansky – Still Time
- Mary Jane Leach – Trio for Duo
- Daniel Lentz – Apologetica
- John Mcguire – Pulse Music
- Ingram Marshall – Three Penitential Visions
- Maggi Payne – Airwaves (realities)
- Stephen Scott – Vikings of the Sunrise
- Wayne Siegel - Devil's Golf Course
- Bernadette Speach – Chosen Voices
- James Tenney - Chromatic Canon
- Kevin Volans: String Quartet No.3 "The Songlines"
- Wes York– Music for Strings
With Spotify, now I can listen to anything that arouses my curiosity, anything I wouldn't normally buy, immediately, and even recommend to a few people who otherwise won't listen to it either. At the cost of a few imaginary CD sales, Spotify introduces this music to at least dozens (average subscribers number of my contemporary playlists) of paying listeners, and maybe even motivates a few of them to buy recordings of these composers, or go to the concert when a postminimalism pianist is in town. To me this explains Why Classical Music Needs Spotify.