Whatever happened to the long tail of composers?


Reader Antoine Leboyer writes to point out that the New York Philharmonic has made its programme archive available online and that the archive shows how past programmes were far more varied than those played today. Here are just some of the composers that Antoine highlights from past concerts by the orchestra: Siniaglia, Busoni, Bosi, Chadwick, Stanford, Loeffler, McDowell, Hadley, Goldmark, Pfitzner, Enesco, Vieuxtemps and Grétry. Antoine also remarks on how Webern's music has virtually disappeared from New York concerts in recent years. One of the many confidence tricks of the digital era is how a long tail of cultural riches was promised, but a short head immaculately coiffed by audience whoring celebrities was actually delivered. I suggest that one of the key search criteria for the New York Philharmonic's new music director should be a passion for giving audiences permission to like unfamiliar music.

Graphic is grabbed from the New York Philarmonic archive landing page. Any copyrighted material is included for the purpose of critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Also on Facebook and Twitter.

Comments

Recent popular posts

The Berlin Philharmonic's darkest hour

Why I will never stop buying CDs

Audio perfectionists are an almost extinct breed

Never sit in the comfy chair

Classical music is not connecting with its rewired audience

Heinrich Kaminsky - an emerging composer

Master musician who experienced the pain of genius

Classical music's problem nailed in one sentence

Nada Brahma - Sound is God