The League of American Orchestras has published two lists of its most performed national composers in 2008-09, alive and dead. The rankings, which understandably exclude small-scale, choral non-professional and opera performances, restore John Adams to the top of the charts from which he slipped rather miserably in Last Composer Standing.
Jennifer Higdon, newly decorated with the Pulitzer, has a stunningly good result.
Here are the two lists. Make of them what you will.
1Adams, John52 (performances)
8Kernis, Aaron Jay20
13Frank, Gabriela Lena12
18Thomas, Augusta Read6
18Walker, George Theophilus6
Alive or dead
15Kernis, Aaron Jay20
18Ellington, Edward Kennedy (“Duke”)17
I wonder that the rankings of German composers by German orchestras would look like. Or British ones for that matter. All submissions gratefully received.