Re: Who's Your Top Five Greatest Artists of All Time? (Music)
Originally Posted by Betterread
Where are the new musical innovations, as far as composers, in classical music? Why haven't we seen another Mozart, Beethoven, or Haydn? Classical music, while still popular, has seen huge declines in it's listening audience in comparison to it's peak period (era).
To name just a few important innovators since the late 19th century through today: Brahms, Wagner, Bruckner, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Bartok, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Ligeti, Messianen, and currently Elliott Carter, Arvo Part, Gorecki, Gubaidulena.
Classical music's impact on Western culture is still profound and deep. If you have the intellectual curiosity to explore both historical and current classical music you will be rewarded with many epiphanies.
Stravinksi's 12 tone work and other serialism came in the 20th century.
I agree with the spirit of your post. For most "artists," there's not a lot of money out there for writing for traditional classical instruments. I think that the late 20th and early 21st century will be remembered for a greater scientific understanding of how people respond to music. A good read: "This is Your Brain on Music."
We have more and more reliable data of what musical elements people respond to. This could become a very good or very bad thing.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids