Today on WFMT, the station is featuring recent music as part of their “Lasting Impressions” program. The concept, a dozen panelists were each asked to name a work composed in the twenty-five years that they think will still be heard one hundred years from now. Here’s the list of chosen pieces:
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Auld Swaara (1992) by Stephen Hartke
Mirage for Five Players (1990) by Shulamit Ran
Zwei Gefühle…, Music for Leonardo (1992) by Helmut Lachenmann
Momentum for Orchestra (1998) by Chen Yi
Harmonielehre (1985) by John Adams
Songs of Ascension (2008) by Meredith Monk
Millenium Designs for Violin and Piano by Ralph Shapey
Piano Concerto (2005-06) by David Rakowski
Anna Nicole, an opera in two acts (2008-10) by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (1973) by Steve Reich
Requiem, Songs for Sue for soprano and chamber ensemble (2005-06) by Oliver Knussen
Concerto de Toronto by Leo Brouwer
Violin Concerto Concentric Paths (2005) by Thomas Ades
From the get go, notice that some of the panelists “break the rules,” including pieces up to forty years old. Surely one could have found more recent selections by Reich and Adams to include!
This is very different from a hypothetical list of my selections, but that is half the fun. Lists like these are conversation starters, not definitive prognostication.
In the comments section, feel free to share with us your lists of pieces from the last quarter century that will remain memorable in the distant future. The best list, chosen in entirely arbitrary fashion by yours truly, wins a mix CD compiled by yours truly.