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7) Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony | 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.

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A few years ago, a friend of mine who is a fan of superheroes told me about a symphony by Michael Daugherty that was inspired by the world of Superman. When the Orchestre Métropolitain performed this work a few years later, I invited my friend to attend the concert with me. It was a startling discovery. When I returned home that evening, I immediately bought a recording of the symphony.

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8) John Adams: City Noir | 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.

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I have been following the career of composer John Adams for fifteen years. My first discovery was his minimalist works. The first piece that really hooked me was Shakers Loops, which in my opinion is one of the few success stories of the minimalist genre.

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