My colleague Julie Amacher shared this entry from Friday's Arts Journal website.
The question? Which 10 living composers will still be played in 50 years' time? The Arts Journal site paired it down to five locks: Birtwistle, Boulez, Rautavaara, Reich and Sondheim. Then came the probables, followed by the possibles.
So what do you think? We'd love to see YOUR top 10.
in no particular order:
some wind band composer
yeah, they're all mostly in the american scene, but i dont really keep up with anything else.
How about Samuel Barber? I'll bet his "Adagio for Strings" will be part of our cultural fabric for many generations to come!
That'll teach me to try and multi-task while I'm on-air! The list is LIVING composers...so just ignore my last comment...
I know Stephen Paulus is still with us - and I think his "Pilgrim's Hymn" will still be sung in 50 years.
apparently J. Williams has a symphony, but it's not published. I hope it does sooner or later so we can take a real look at him outside of the movie spectrum.
Dominick Argento and Paul McCartney should be on this list.
How about John Corigliano?
Arvo Part belongs on the list.
Stephen Paulus belongs on the list because of his versatility.
France always seems to have organ composers who rise to the top. I will offer the name of Naji Hakim as one whose music for that instrument will bear the test of time.