Top ten composers performed in American symphonic concert halls, 2010-11
Top ten pieces performed in American symphonic concert halls, 2010-11
1. Brahms, Symphony No. 1
2. Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
3. Tchaikovsky, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra
4. Beethoven, Concerto No. 4 for Piano and Orchestra
5. Beethoven, Symphony No. 7
6. Liszt, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra
7. Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique
8. Sibelius, Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra
9. Tchaikovsky, Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra
10. Brahms, Symphony No. 4
I really wish we had the same information for Europe, the UK, Canada, Russia, etc. But look at how this diverges from my lists and the New York Times list. Neither of us had Tchaikovsky or Ravel or Dvorak or Prokofiev on our lists. I am rather delighted to see Mr. Sibelius, though. And chagrined to see Brahms. Notice that Berlioz, one of my choices for under-rated composers, wins a spot on one of the lists. And two, count 'em, two of Brahms' symphonies make the pieces list, but only one of Beethoven's.
This probably, at least a bit indirectly, reflects symphony-goers' tastes. The people who program symphony concerts pay a lot of attention to what their ticket-buyers seem to like. But as I said, I really would like to see these lists for other countries. Oh, the reason that Bach does not appear on either list is that little of his music is really suitable for performance by a 19th century type orchestra.