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The music of the 20th century is often heard as strange. Composers wanted to move as far away from tradition as possible. Some composers actually stated that they didn’t care if audiences listened to their music, because if they didn’t appreciate the new sounds, then they simply weren’t capable of understanding what was going on. Perhaps not incidentally, this mindset also coincides with a point in history where fewer and fewer people listened to so-called “classical music,” preferring popular styles instead. Do you think composers shot themselves in the foot? What could they have done differently that would allow art music to continue to evolve without alienating audiences?