2019-03Thematic Section
Postmodern Music and its Future


The essay presents an attempt at characterizing contemporary music’s culture by identifying a dialectical tension between “modern” and “postmodern” currents in it. After initial considerations on the manifold usages of the term “postmodernism,” five composers’ approaches will be analyzed: John Cage, Philip Glass (and other minimalists), Bernhard Lang, Mauricio Kagel and Johannes Kreidler. However different they may be from one another, all these composers are being interpreted as undermining, in various ways, the practice and theoretical background of modernist avant-garde music.


philosophy of music, philosophy of culture, postmodernism, avant-garde music, contemporary music

How to cite

Rychter, Marcin. “Postmodern Music and its Future.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 3, no. 3(9) (2019): 43-56. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2019.0030.


Marcin Rychter
Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw


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