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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

I'd say that's a pretty darned good list

I kind of agree with jdaniel that almost any new music can be shoe-horned into some kind of neo-something-or-other, so I wouldn't autmatically eliminate neo-Romantic music, or neo-neo-classic music! I'd HAVE to include Joaquin Rodrigo, even though his Concierto de Aranjuez from 1939 (with that slow movement which now always evokes "the fine Corinthian leather"!) doesn't make the chronological cut. But a lot of his other popular works do: Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954), Concierto madrigal for two guitars (1966), Concierto Andaluz for four guitars (1967), etc., etc. You've just gotta include Rodrigo! ;-)

I also agree with jdaniel's inclusion of something by Ligeti - especially, in my view, his Etudes from the 1990's, which have really seemed to be taken up by a lot of pianists these days. Maybe you could say that some of Ligeti's music is neo-Bartok, while some of his tone-cluster music (the choral works in "2001") might be neo-Ives. (Why do I like Ligeti so much better than I do Ives though?)

How 'bout neo-Jazz as classical music? Kapustin swears he's not a jazz composer, but his music sure sounds like jazz to me - to be specific, as one critic cleverly put it, a cross between Sergei Liapunov and Oscar Peterson!

As for Hovhaness, I really like that Reiner recording of Mysterious Mountain you picked, but I get even more of a kick out his Mt. St. Helens Symphony, the third movement of which ("The Eruption") never fails to put a smile on my face! I also love Hovhaness' harp and guitar music with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis on a Telarc SACD.

I see you also have some music by Takemitsu on your list. For about the last year or so, oldmkvi has been trying to get me to like Takemitsu, and I'm so not there yet! Maybe I just haven't "cracked the code" yet - LOL!

Glad to see Arvo Part on your list - I like a lot of what I've heard by Part too. (Sorry, our server says, "No umlauts today!") I'd probably go with one of his choral works though - maybe the "De Profundis" from 1980.

Finally, I also applaud you for omitting any music by Stockhausen from your list! ;-)

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