Friday, November 02, 2007
So bye-bye Miss American pie
'With a few obvious exceptions (John Adams springs to mind, as do Elliott Carter and Steve Reich), Britain is not conspicuously friendly territory for recent American music' writes Steven Stucky in a very well-argued article in today's Guardian.
You are right Steven. The problem lies with our broadcasters and concert planners. They suffer from the American pie synodrome. If a composer's music shows any sign of audience acceptance we are fed such large portions of that composer's particular pie by the BBC and the Barbican Centre (which are now, effectively, one and the same) that we run screaming back to our own Thomas Adès and Malcolm Arnold. As reported here, it has happened recently with John Adams, Philip Glass, Elliott Carter, Steve Reich, and Osvaldo Golijov.
We'd love to hear more of the many other fine contemporary American composers. Just tell the BBC and Barbican that a healthy diet is a varied one.
When did the BBC last broadcast 'America's greatest symphony'?
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