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Baltimore Runs the Orchestra Numbers


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra gathered data for classical performances by 21 major American orchestras on the 2014-2015 season and uncovered some interesting statistics.

Those orchestras will perform 1,000 different pieces by 286 different composers for a total of almost 4,600 times. The average year of composition for the pieces is 1886, and only 9.5% were written after the start of the new millennium. Only 1.8% of the works come from female composers and American composers make up less than 11% of the pieces. One out of eight performances feature pieces by Beethoven (317 performances) or Mozart (313 performances). John Adams is the most performed living composer (35 performances). Around 11% of the compositions are from composers who are still living, 14.8% of them women and 54% of them Americans.