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Re: John McCabe and other living British symphonists,
Posted by Colin Mackie on January 14, 2015, 1:26 am, in reply to "Re: John McCabe and other living British symphonists,"
I would most assuredly prefer to be optimistic about the future of the symphony in Britain in the 21st century. I recall however that, say 30 years ago, the number of distinguished living British symphonists-some at least of whose symphonies were available on cd-ran into the dozens (from Alwyn, through Arnell, Arnold, Berkeley, Cooke, Fricker, Hoddinott, Jones, Lloyd, and on to Rubbra, Simpson, Tippett etc etc.). Today, as I noted, we have Maxwell Davies, McCabe and David Matthews left of that generation-and there are significant numbers of the symphonies of the first two still unrecorded. There may be-and I earnestly hope that there are-considerable numbers of younger British composers writing symphonies but very, very few have made it to disc.
We are, of course, immensely fortunate that so many of the symphonies of composers who are sadly no longer with us have been recorded. Indeed I never dreamed that we should now have access to so many of these symphonies. But it was with the living that I expressed concern. I sincerely hope that my pessimism is proved to be unfounded.
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