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The term “contemporary classical music” may sound straightforward, but it isn’t. That is why one of Japan’s most influential composers has made it his mission to guide people through what is essentially a sonic labyrinth.

Although the term can refer to any classical music made after World War II, the movement is considered to have begun in the mid-1970s when the modernist, electronic, postmodern and minimalist movements were brought together under one umbrella. Many composers in this genre also incorporate artistic developments from other arts, particularly film and dance.

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