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Thu September 5, 2013

Where Have All The Symphonies Gone?

Writing for NPR Music's Deceptive Cadence blog, composer/clarinetist Derek Bermel examines a puzzling phenomenon in classical music: why does no one seem to be composing new symphonies?  Bermel talks to a handful of modern artists about why the label of "symphony" has become anathema to contemporary composers, and examines the complicated standing of the time-tested musical form that is the symphony. 

Composer/clarinetist Derek Bermel investigates a curious dearth of freshly-composed symphonies.
Credit Derek Bermel

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