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.

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