My colleague Steven Stucky is the latest composer to claim that the symphony, as a genre, ain’t dead yet. His new Symphony, performed by the LA Philharmonic, can be heard this weekend, streamed live on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 5 Eastern / 2 Pacific over both KUSC.org and NPR. The NPR site will also have a live chat room available. The performance will be archived online at NPR music and KUSC.org through Oct 7, and will then be available for streaming from Oct 8-14 on APM’s Symphonycast on over 130 radio stations and at Symphonycast. The piece will also be done by the New York Philharmonic on Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 1.
The contemporary symphony seems to be an American phenomenon – besides Stucky, one can think of Harbison, Rouse, Wernick, Zwillich, Wuorinen, Hartke, and several others. It’s harder to name living European composers who write symphonies – only Henze, Knussen and Davies come to mind. Who am I forgetting?