The modern Filipino repertoire consists of musical pieces that have been written in 20th century idioms that have evolved out of such stylistic movements as impressionism, expressionism, neo-classicism, as well as avant garde and new music. New music are compositions which are improvisational works such as the early compositions of Dr. New music composers have different approaches in composing music but not limited to the usual or common methods. Kasilag was instrumental in developing Philippine music and culture. She is credited for having written more than musical compositions, ranging from folksongs to opera to orchestral works, and was composing up to the year before she died, at age
One of the most popular and prolific composers in the Philippines
Back to Article List. Contemporary music in the Philippines usually refers to compositions that have adopted ideas and elements from twentieth century art music in the West, as well as the latest trends and musical styles in the entertainment industry. This brief introduction covers only the works written by the art music composers. A good number of these works have utilized the standard formats of classical European music such as the concerto, the symphony, the symphonic and tone poems, cantata, etc. Moreover, the sounds of non-Western instruments have been added to the tonal fabric. The first modern works that belong to the above descriptions are attributed to Nicanor Abelardo, who from till his death in produced works that show a dramatic departure from his highly chromatic—tonal idiom to dissonant and ambiguous tonalities and complex rhythmic textures. In Panoramas , a chamber music suite, Abelardo also experimented on unorthodox instrumental combinations flute, violin, viola, celesta, piano.
Incorporated Philippine folk elements in his compositions with Western forms and harmony.
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