The expansive variety within neoclassical music in 2018

When I first started listening to the genre known loosely as neoclassical, I had in mind a kind of new age piano composition. It was the kind of thing you listen to while relaxing and reading a book or doing work. They were fun lists to make and I revisit them often. But now that we’ve been accepting neoclassical for the past several months, I have seen just how expansive and inspiring this genre can be. If you find one of these artists to be helpful in your own journey, give them a follow and let us know about it on social media. Enjoy!

Fraser A Campbell – “Time for Bed Said Zebedee”
-This song is a lullaby, a prayer, and a wish. There are hopeful turns in the melody much like the theme song in the film Up. Yet, at the same time, there are those sullen, bittersweet moments too. The piano rolls from one sonic idea into another with ease. If you’re looking for piano music that provokes rather than lulls, give this track a listen.

Michael Logozar – “Timelapse”
-Sometimes the titles of classical pieces confuse me, but not this one. Logozar hit the nail on the head with “Timelapse,” a track that unfolds onto itself several times over. The moving repetition must be brutal to perform. But the thing that I find most provocative about the whole piece is the intentional cinematic vibe moving in circles. I’m motioning in the air right now because a gesture seems the best way to express this sense of soulful movement. It’s a fantastic piece.

Dalton Day – “Goodnight (Main Mix 2)”
-This is what I mean about the expansive world of neoclassical. You might not think of this kind of song – an electro acoustic mashup of glorious harmony – being a “typical” classical piece. But this is an incredible sonic adventure and it makes my imagination go wild every time I listen to it. I want to sing and write and dance and play and smile so very much when I listen to this. Be inspired, dear friends, from the layered keys to the hauntingly happy vocals in the distance.

Moth Collector – “Beauty of Imperfection”
-Sometimes pianos speak more than they sing, at least to me. This piece is an example of a piano speaking with a conversational aesthetic. Maybe it says something different to each person, but to me this message is one of sincerity. It’s about approaching the day to day with integrity rather than performance. Exhale, fellow traveller, for the road is beneath your feet.

Katarina Gubanova – “Beatitude”
-The gospel-based title of “beatitude” does not factor much in this instrumental tune at first blush. Some of the lines may be familiar to church going folks, but for the most part this track seems to stand alone. The piano rolls along nicely, though, evoking images of distant lands for me. Something about it feels very Old World and I don’t quite know why. It’s beautiful, though, and that’s all that matters.

Meg Blumberg – “MARKS ft Shawn Williams”
-Neoclassical tunes don’t often have the ft column with other names, but the collaborative efforts of Meg Blumberg and Shawn Williams does have that. It’s safe to say this work could not exist without them both. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts here. The low and high strings seem to literally dance together in audio space with this track. There’s a tangible energy I feel here that is hard to put into words. I feel like I’m watching it as much as hearing it and frankly – I adore it.

Frederik Magle – “The Fairest of Roses”
-As a (former?) trumpet player, I have to say this one took me to a special place. I don’t always feel this way about new music, but I was deeply and personally moved by this composition. The horn duo is accompanied by a powerful and moving organ. It’s a total production that deserves much wider recognition than we could ever give it on a small website like this. This is what good, lasting music is all about. You will feel it in your soul.

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