It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pressures of filling a concert hall mean that Orchestras will always return to those well-known names and pieces, but it is important to the art form that musicians continue to rediscover and reinterpret that work which lies beyond, new and old. In this way new influences keep on developing orchestral performance to the benefit and enjoyment of audiences and musicians alike. What’s more, exploration of a relatively unknown composer that captures the imagination can elevate that composer to unprecedented levels of appreciation – this could be said of Sir Colin Davis’ life-long championing of the work of Hector Berlioz, whose work was rarely played before Sir Colin had his say.
This LSO Friends blog is a celebration of the lesser-known composers whose music has adorned the LSO Players’ stands at some point during the Orchestra’s 111-year history. Perhaps some of the composers featured in this blog will capture your imagination!