“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?