New Music for Newbies

Composers and performers of contemporary classical music offer suggestions for the first-time listener.

‘voiceless, [this body] is filled’ by Kevin Baldwin (2015)

Encountering contemporary classical music for the first time can be enlightening, confusing and downright daunting.

Last week, I led a discussion in which composers and performers of contemporary classical music thought back on their own first experiences with that genre, and they shared their recommendations for a first foray.

I present to you: suggestions for the first-time listener.

What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @pickleshy.