My response to Robert Zaller, “Are Symphonies Really Dying?,” has evoked some responses of its own. Karl Middleman, conductor of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, writes in, as does Mr. Zaller, and then me again. One bit in my letter that hit the cutting room floor didn’t add much to my point (which is why it got dropped), but here it is:
For perspective, eight of the nine Vaughan Williams, or 13 of the 15 Shostakovich symphonies are hardly ever played. And what, 80 of the 104 (or more) Haydn symphonies, and 35 out of the 41 Mozart, barely register. John Harbison, John Adams, and Michael Daugherty fare pretty well in comparison.
Anyway, you can read the official version here.