12 Compositions to Introduce You to Classical Music Post-1950

Source: PopMatters.

Classical and compositional music have thrived in the 20th and 21st centuries, reaching new heights of both dissonance and beauty. The pieces below cover a wide range, from Penderecki’s serialism to Caroline Shaw’s vocal techniques drawn from the traditional folk singing of Inuit women. They don’t stick purely to the avant-garde, and they most certainly are not in a singular style. While many people think of classical music, pre- or post-1950, as somewhat monolithic, even dipping your toe in reveals a staggering, frightening array of styles that share nothing beyond a basic origin in composition.