On Saturday, November 21, Wild Goose Creative will host a concert by CODE New Music at 4pm. CODE, short for Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble, is a (New)(Music Ensemble) and also a (New Music)(Ensemble). Admittedly, the wording can get a little tangled. So let’s take a moment to untangle:
What exactly is “New Music?”
Different people use different words to describe classical music. Some people (classical musicians, I’m looking at you) get especially finicky about these words. To appease the academics in the room I’ll start with this disclaimer: Technically, ‘classical music’ refers to the music of Mozart, Haydn and their contemporaries; basically, the music of 1750-1803*. So, what about the music of Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and all the rest? Not classical. Technically speaking.
There’s a lot of great music being composed today but we don’t have a stylistic term for it yet. So we call it ‘new music’. New Music takes many different forms and is influenced by many different musical styles including classical, yes, but also rock, punk, hip hop, jazz, latin and almost anything else you could imagine. Point being, new music is a great way to get into the classical music scene. There’s something for everyone.
If you want to learn more, you can read about CODE New Music and their partnership with Wild Goose Creative in this article from Columbus Alive.
In the mean time, we hope to see you Saturday, November 21st for CODE’s concert, “Made In Ohio.” The show starts at 4PM but come early (say, 3:30), grab a free drink and hang with the musicians. Admission is free, donations welcome.
*For those wondering: 1750 marks the year Bach died and 1803 marks the year Beethoven premiered his Third Symphony and, in so doing, single handedly waved in the Romantic era. It’s a whole thing.