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Re: True Russian Grit from the Land of Pogroms, the Country of Fear

From:

Karl Miller <[log in to unmask]>

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Moderated Classical Music List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 5 Apr 2006 12:30:46 -0500

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Nicholas J. Yasillo wrote:

>Karl Miller asks:
>
>>A new Symphony by Vaughan Williams would be a great event. How we
>>longed for, but never got that Third Symphony from Walton...
>>
>>Is there any composer today who, at the age of 40 or so, is considered
>>a master, with each new work of his or hers being eagerly awaited by
>>the concert going public?
>
>Based on personal experience, at least in the Chicago area, the
>vast "concert-going public" prefers to hear old warhorses and treats
>almost any living composer's latest work with disdain.  Based on Chicago
>audiences who subscribe to regular symphony concerts (over 30,000 per
>season) compared to the number who seriously attend concerts of new music
>by living composers (in Chicago, something like 750 people) the previous
>generalization accounts for 97.5% of the audience.

The American Symphony Orchestra League survey for 04-05 showed the most
often performed composes being Beethoven followed by Mozart, Tchaikovsky,
Brahms, Dvorak, Strauss,R. Haydn, Ravel, Stravinsky, Prokofiev,
Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich...in that order.

 From the same report:

Most Frequently Scheduled to Perform Contemporary Works Composed in The
Last 25 Years

Higdon, Jennifer Blue Cathedral 18
Golijov, Osvaldo Last Round 14
Sierra, Roberto Folias 14
Knussen, Oliver Violin Concerto 12
Adams, John Violin Concerto 11
Davies, Peter Maxwell An Orkney Wedding With Sunrise 11
Theofanidis, Christopher Rainbow Body 10
Adams, John Short Ride In A Fast Machine 9
Thomas, Augusta Read Gathering Paradise, Emily Dickinson Settings 9
Knussen, Oliver Flourish With Fireworks 8
Schwantner, Joseph Concerto For Percussion 8
Sierra, Roberto Concerto For Saxophone 8
Aldridge, Robert Leda And The Swan 7
Kraft, William Timpani Concerto No. 2 7
Picker, Tobias Old And Lost Rivers 7

Also

Most Frequently Performed U.S. Composers

Copland, Aaron 128 Adams, John 47
Barber, Samuel 106 Higdon, Jennifer 27
Bernstein, Leonard 79 Rouse, Christopher 25
Gershwin, George 75 Corigliano, John 24
Ives, Charles 59 Daugherty, Michael 24
Adams, John 47 Sierra, Roberto 19
Higdon, Jennifer 27 Williams, John 18
Rouse, Christopher 25 Carter, Elliott 17
Corigliano, John 24 Thomas, Augusta Read 15
Daugherty, Michael 24

Most frequently performed living US composers
Adams, John 47
Higdon, Jennifer 27
Rouse, Christopher 25
Corigliano, John 24
Daugherty, Michael 24
Sierra, Roberto 19
Williams, John 18
Carter, Elliott 17
Thomas, Augusta Read 15
Kernis, Aaron Jay 14

But here is the killer:
Contemporary (post 1979) *Based on works with known composed date. 
914 performances of individual works composed after 1979.  (9.1% of
Total Performance of Individual Works)

Karl

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