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.
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.