M any composers, alive or dead, find it difficult or impossible to get their orchestral works performed by today’s symphony orchestras. The financial burden that most orchestras bear encourages a reluctance to perform unknown or little-known compositions, even if such works deserve to be heard. Orchestral managements greatly prefer to program popular symphonies and concertos which are guaranteed to attract a strong audience. New works that are performed tend to be short, written by young, living composers,...

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