Saturday September 19, 2020

New music composers get it all out in the open

Is contemporary music held back by public perception that it is wacky?

5th June, 2016
The ConTempo Quartet will perform Calmly Awaiting the End, a premiere by Mick OBrien, at The Listening Crowd conference in Galway

There’s a lot of contemporary music composed in this country. We have brilliantly talented musicians, many of world-class status. But how much of their music ever gets more than an initial premiere performance, or decent exposure on the airwaves, is another matter.

This is despite the fact that much contemporary music – or new music as some prefer – is extremely good, deeply interesting and mentally stimulating. But is its own health and...

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