Since the beginning of the new millennium of music, many paradigms have continued on their path and evolved such as the use of electronics, minimalism, serial music and neo-romanticism. In the wake of digital elements becoming increasingly available and affordable, more and more new aesthetics are emerging.
Many elements of modernism are still alive and well and there is a strong core of active composers, performers and listeners globally, who all play their part in the ever-changing ideas and forms in music. One of the greatest reactions of the end of the last century has been post-modernism, which has extended into the present day. Composer Jonathan Kramer is of the opinion that postmodernism is less of a historical period and more of an attitude.
Minimalism still has a prominent role in new music. Arvo Part, Philip Glass and Steve Reich, who established themselves in the last century, have been expanding their repertoire in the minimalist realm.
Likewise, to name a few Magnus Lindberg, George Crumb, Detlev Glanert, Colin Matthews and Mark-Anthony Turnage continue in their exploration of new ways of expression.
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