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I've often wondered that myself, but modern composers have to compete with all those "great ones", and of course most people's taste for modern classical music seems to extend as far as John Williams. All the "recent" concertos I like were written by composers already well established.
But you know, people are all asking themselves "why haven't there been any great books/artists/etc. lately?"
Yes. My wife leaves the room whenever I put on the Anna K. CD.
(But my wife has a good amount of Amish family background. What would you expect?)
About the new and bold future ………. having listened so frequently to Anna K., all else sounds anemic. The future has arrived but we're not all there yet.
About concertos. I don't think that cultural conditions now offer the same respect for "good" music as in the good old days. Contrast the music world that Mozart knew ?
One of the issues is competition. Not only regarding musical skills but the major role of technology in what we call popular music. Anyone with a drum machine and a guitar effects box is a composer. Good or bad, it is what people want to hear.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Pierre, I'm shocked that you failed to point out that a concerto against the violin really does exist after all, in the contemporary work:
Gubaidulina 'In tempus praesen'
The 1st and 2nd violins don't have to bother showing up on concert night and what it has to do with Bach is beyond me. After listening to it, disturbing scenes of Brando in Apocalypse Now kept reappearing in my mind for several days.
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