Who is the most performed living composer?

A decade ago Slipped Disc produced a list of publisher’s hits which put Karl Jenkins in the #1 spot and Joan Tower in second.

Wonder what’s changed?

Publishers are invited to send us a list of their most performed scores by composers who are still standing.

2010 list here.

 

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  • I’ve managed to make it to the age of 60 and never having knowingly heard anything of Joan Towers, something I intend to correct asap. Not so sure about Karl Jenkins though!

    • The previous list is actually a list of most-performed **works**. Arvo Pärt may well be the most-performed living classical composer, but it wouldn’t surprise me if none of his works individually racked up enough performances to make the list.

      By the way, Norman might want to make sure he gets figures for David Lang and Julia Wolfe.

  • I was surprised the Adams and Knussen violin concertos were so high on the list, though I assume it was mostly the work of the glorious Leila J. I imagine Scheherezade.2 will be on the new list.

    Corigliano’s Red Violin concerto got that much play? Had no idea.

    • It looks to me like the previous list covers the entire decade 2000-2010 (or possibly 2001-2010). So that would cover all the local premieres of the Red Violin Concerto.

      Also, I’m guessing, from looking at the numbers, that each concert in a four-concert run on an orchestra’s schedule is counted as a separate performance. (Quite rightly, if those are the figures the publishers use for collecting composers’ royalty payments.)

      By the way, I noticed that someone had wondered why Jennifer Higdon wasn’t on the previous list. I believe Norman said he had gotten the figures from major publishers; Jennifer Higdon and her wife self-publish.

  • Not to knock this effort, but are there other lists on this topic that are not based on publishing companies’ self-reported numbers?

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