Western Music History/Contemporary Music
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The Contemporary Music period is the period following the Modern Music period. It is generally considered to have lasted from 1945 A.D. to the present.
Contemporary music is (in general) based on originality. Then Contemporary artists use dissonances and tried to disobey "the laws" that music had followed for many years.
Contemporary music is divided into a lot of sub-categories like "minimalism", a style that has been explored by many artists including Steve Reich, John Adams, and Philip Glass.