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9) Toru Takemitsu: How Slow the Wind | Top 10 – Modern Classical Music

In this series of articles, I offer a top 10 list of my favorite works of modern classical music, focusing on orchestral pieces composed during the last 25 years.

takemitsu-how-slow-the-wind

When I was studying composition at the University of Montreal, one of the flagship courses in the bachelor’s program was called Modern Composition Techniques, and was taught by Jose Evangelista. We analyzed hundreds of modern works. Among them was How Slow the Wind, by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu (1930–1996), and I found it especially fascinating. It is a piece that I have continued to listen to frequently.

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10) Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons | Top 10 – Modern Classical Music

In this series of articles, I offer a top 10 list of my favorite works of modern classical music, focusing on orchestral pieces composed during the last 25 years.

Recomposed by Max Richter

A genuine popular media phenomenon, this piece by Max Richter first caught my attention because it was at the top of the classical music charts in 2014, following the album’s release on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. I was curious to know what the excitement about this work was all about.

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