Elektra

Elektra

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Census

I'll be updating this regularly as orchestras announce their seasons.

New York Philharmonic

41 composers represented. All white, all European or American.

Men: 40 Women: 1 Dead: 35 Alive: 6

Thanks to Brian Lauritzen for counting the NYPO.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

81 composers represented

50 dead, 31 living!
41 men, 9 women
1 African American, 1 Asian, several Latin American

Count by me. It's an extraordinary season in every way.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

50 composers represented. 46 dead, 4 living 48 men, 2 women 49 white, 1 African American

Count by me.

Philadelphia Orchestra


54 composers

Men: 53
Women: 1

Dead: 43
Living: 11

White: 51
POC: 3

Works by living composers: 14
Women conducting: 1 (MGT)

San Francisco Symphony

50 composers

Men: 49
Women: 1 (Saariaho)

Dead: 43
Living: 7

White: 50
POC: 0

Works by living composers:  7
Largest number of works by a single composer: Bernstein with 9, not counting WSS film with live orchestra
Women conducting: 1 (Mälkki, who conducts the program with the Saariaho)

Count by me.

2 comments:

Joel Stein said...

The BSO schedule which came out on March 31 seems to include 7 living composers, one woman. No women conducting. Exactly why do they have Thomas Ades as a "composer in residence"-his contribution is an orchestration of scenes from "powder her face" which is 20 years old.

Geo. said...

From the St. Louis Symphony:

(A) Composers
Living = 9
Not living = 41

Composer with most works represented = Mozart, 18 (6 of them concert arias in one concert)

POC = 1
Female = 0

(B) Female conductors = 1