What is the dominant musical style of today and what will be the dominant musical style of tomorrow? Marilyn Shrude


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Marilyn Shrude

Today’s concert music seems to be a blending of the many modes of expression we find around us-the term often used is “eclectic.” Because we have ready access to new works, we are able to digest them quickly and assimilate elements into our own compositions (both consciously and unconsciously).

I don’t think there will ever be a “dominant” style again; thankfully, we have more respect for free expression than ever before. The down side, of course, is that quality may suffer, because we can do things too fast and lack essential reflective time.