chapter  18
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Performing Modern Music

ByHarold Rosenbaum

The typical audience would prefer that modern music be played alongside works from prior times. Catalogues produced by major music publishers contain easy to sell/easy listening repertoire, as well as more sophisticated music. They also have online libraries with audio samples and information about each piece. Performing complex music necessitates a healthy combination of skill, nerves, and luck. Mistakes will be harder for singers to correct the more complex the music is, because disorientation sets in more quickly and more grippingly. Singers can take solace in the fact that the more difficult the music is, the less likely the audience will be able to perceive mistakes. The less tonal a piece is, the less pullback to the tonal center there is, and many and rapid shifts in meter cause imbalance and disarray in singer's mind and body. The aggregate experience is typically frightening, intoxicating, exhilarating, and exhausting, and one that singers will invariably wish to experience again.