I'm listening to my Pandora Philip Glass station this morning. After some puzzling tracks by Nielsen, Howells, and Mozart, now it's Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint. As Pandora explains:
we're playing this track because it features contemporary stylings, a chamber ensemble, modal harmony, minor key tonality, and a well-known composer.
I couldn't define "contemporary stylings" but that was the ingredient missing from the prior tracks. Does this mean electronic equals contemporary?
And why is there a "well-known composer" gene? Pandora in theory would be ideal to discover lesser-known composers.