There’s a subsection of contemporary music call ‘Musical Historicism,’ a genre of music that uses historical elements and revives them in modern works. From Minimalism to Totalism, Modernism to Post-Modernism to Neomodernism; we’re taking a look at pieces that influence contemporary compositions, either to mimic the past or to be the antithesis.
A Reliquary for Igor Stravinsky, by Charles Wuorinen
London Sinfonietta; Oliver Knussen, conductor
Concerto for Orchestra, by Luciano Berio
Orchestre National de France; New Sweingle Singers; Pierre Boulez, conductor
Absolute Jest, by John Adams
San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor