Hello wonderful followers and Facebook ‘likers.’ Hope you had a fantastic break! I’ve decided to write to you all today instead of a video blog to share some experiences in contemporary music. If you are new, or inexperienced in contemporary music, this is the post for you.
As usual, there is a question for today’s blog. The question is this: What is the first piece of contemporary music you remember hearing? Good or bad? How was that first piece you listened to? Was it exciting and moving? Or was it sloppy and gross leaving you puzzled at the hype it received? Leave a comment!
What I find so compelling is that to me, it is as memorable as a first kiss. Well, almost. I do not remember where I was when I heard my first piece of contemporary music. What piece was it? If you knew my history this would not be a surprise, but to those that have known me more recently, it may seem odd what my first introduction was.
The Canyon composed by Philip Glass performed by Santa Clara Vanguard drum and bugle corps in 1999. I was into drum corps. Like REALLY into it. Yet, I went home and found the real orchestral recording online (on amazon.com) and listened to the 30 second sound bytes from the rest of Glass’s Itaipú CD over and over again. Sometimes I would drum with them imagining a perfect drum corps show that I would write or perform.
We all have our stories about our first anything. My first contemporary classical music experience was perfect for me. Rhythmic, driving, intense, and of course, percussive. Minimalism was love at first sight, and since then, it has acted as a gateway piece to the rest of the contemporary world for me.
Fast-forward to 2:15 to hear the opener which is an (awesome) arrangement of The Canyon. If the crowd is a little distracting, don’t worry, it is for me too.
Now compare that with this excerpt from a random youtube video I found.
Or better yet, listen to the whole thing! I hope this link works!
Final word: If you are a music educator and teach band, think of this introduction. All a student has to do is google Philip Glass or minimalism, and their world could be different. And the world of contemporary music would have one more potential performer, composer, or just as important, patron.
So comment about what was the first piece of contemporary music you remember hearing. Want to hear your thoughts! Good or bad!