Stop Making Symphonies, Start Making Albums
“I think that the quicker young classical musicians stop writing chamber music and symphonies, and instead start making albums, the better.”
Thus says Owen Pallett in an interesting article (with a terrible title): “Awesome Music.” It starts as a discussion on why classical music is perceived as “old person” music, and then the round-tablers go to some interesting places on the role and nature of “classical” music now.
I like Pallett’s train of thought, but come to think of it, almost all the composers I know here in New Haven are cranking out albums as a matter of course. Then again, my tastes run to the free improv/avante garde crowd.
But I would imagine that the number of composers releasing small-run albums vastly outnumber the composers vying for a symphony commission…probably, right?