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Today, Bachtrack published its classical music statistics for 2015. Immediately striking, is the lack of women at the top of any of the lists. Most remarkably, the busiest composer category features it’s first female at number 72, with only five on the entire list. How many years will it be until a woman is one of the top 50 or the top ten in this category?

Kristiina Poska, busiest female conductor at no. 72 /nordicartistsmanagement.com

Kristiina Poska Busiest female conductor at no. 72
/nordicartistsmanagement.com

Whilst Covent Garden is the busiest opera house, the top three busiest concert orchestras are in the USA; the only British Orchestra, the London Symphony is at number seven.

Classical composers, remain as ever at the top of the list. Accordingly, Romantic/ Classical music is the most performed throughout the countries surveyed. The exceptions are Sweden where 20th/ 21st century comes out top and the USA where 44% of individual works performed are baroque and 44% are Classical/ Romantic. Germany and Austria are the only countries where over 60% of music performed is Classical/ Romantic, presumably something to do with the fact that the top composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Anniversaries certainly affect the findings. September 2015 was Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday; he is number one in the ‘top living composer by event’ category.

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary composer event / stage and cinema.com

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary concert composer
/ stage and cinema.com

Sibelius and Nielson turned 150 in 2015. Sibelius went up in the list of composers from number 26 to number 9 and Carl Nielson went up from 53rd to 37th. Although works by both men were more frequently performed in 2015 than in 2014, one might have imagined that they would be higher up on the list given the huge anniversaries and the fact that Arvo Pärt is at number one in the living composers list.

The use of composer anniversaries to inform concert programming, does seem a little uncreative but perhaps it could mean that the works of some less famous composers will be celebrated this year. Some of the most notable composers whose 50th and 100th birthdays fall in 2016 include:

William Sterndale Bennett (1816 – 1875)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)

Vladimir Rebikov (1866 – 1920)

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866 – 1901)

Milton Babbitt (1916 – 2011)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983)

 

Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1

How great an affect will these anniversaries have on 2016’s classical music statistics?

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

Twinsburg Bulletin

Orchestra may face uphill battle attracting youth

Parker Perry on the difficulties of attracting young people to classical music performances

San Fransisco CBS Local

Community Rallies To Save Peninsula Symphony After Embezzlement

San Mateo – The Peninsula Symphony is making music again, thanks to the generosity of members and supporters who rallied to raise money for the volunteer organization after an embezzler emptied the orchestra’s bank accounts.

New York Times

Robert Ashley, Opera Composer Who Painted Outside the Lines, Dies at 83

Robert Ashley, an American composer who helped wrestle opera into the 20th century, and in so doing broadened the genre in strange, unexpected ways, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

Blog TO

Why the TTC is playing classical music in the subway

‘Nefarious youths’ pacified by classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: What is the Arts Council’s This England report all about?

Arts Council England has published its response to the independent report Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, which last autumn showed how arts subsidy is heavily weighted in favour of London and against the regions (with 90% of government arts funding going to the capital).

Digital Music News

Music Sales in Germany Rise for the First Time in 15 Years…

Time and time again, we’ve heard about countries with declining music sales, largely due to declines in physical sales not being offset by increases in streaming revenue.  Germany now joins nations like Sweden and Norway in breaking that trend.

Die Welt

Der Schönheit weihte sie ihr Leben

Kiri Te Kanawa war die erste Māori, die als Opernsängerin Weltkarriere machte. Ihr weicher, cremiger Sopran wurde besonders von älteren Dirigenten geliebt. Heute wird sie 70 Jahre alt.
Digital Music News

Digital Music News

(Written on March 7, 2014 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

FONO FORUM

FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )