With all the American composers at the San Diego Symphony this month, it is obviously time to start the American leg of the World Cup of Composers.
Here’s the challenge: find 16 American composers.
We’ve got the Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, and, uh..Oh ya, Amy Beach, Frederic Grofe, and--hold on--right, right we just heard Harbison at the symphony. That’s seven, nine more to go.
There’s that insurance guy--Charles Ives. We can include John Philip Sousa and Philip Glass. I guess John Cage and John Adams can get in there. How about Virgil Thompson? Ya, we need him.
I think Eric Whitacre is deserving. Let’s see, how many is that? That’s 14.
John Williams? Sure, why not?
Three more Americans: William Grant Still, Stephen Sondheim, and Henry Cowell.
While this field isn’t deep it is certainly diverse, kind of like America.
World Cup of Composers