Thursday, December 21, 2017
"Symphony for a Broken Orchestra", to raise money for new instruments for kids
Rob Blackson of Temple University in Philadelphia got composer David Lang to write a symphony for “broken instruments”, up to 1500 of them. The NBC news story from Kristin Dalgren. It’s called “Symphony for a Broken Orchestra”.
The New York Times story, by Ted Lios from Nov. 6, is here.
This seems to be the ultimate “gebrauchmusil” – music written for economic utility or charity. It’s often what composers have to do for commissions. But film music is the ultimate example of what Paul Hindemith started.