The New York Philharmonic celebrates its biennial in 2016 with lots of new music. On the site of Slipped Disc, this news provoked an interesting discussion where completely opposite and mutually-exclusive views clash in chromatic dissonance, which aptly reflects the fault lines crisscrossing the territory. Who would say that contemporary music is a dull subject?
Interestingly, such discussions point towards an increasing sense, in music life, that the notion of 'modern music' has entered history and 'avantgardism' has become a mere historical category. But then: what next? One can only applaud the NY Phil for its courageous and idealistic programme policy.