How much of "new choral music" is REALLY new?
Date: September 2, 2011
I recently read somewhere that about 2,500 pieces of "new" choral music are published, I think just in the U.S., every year. Within the set of music that is appropriate for your choir(s), based on your own experiences in receiving and perusing this "new" music from both traditional publishing houses and self-publishers, what percentage of the music is truly new? Let's define new as being music that is NOT a different arrangement of an existing song already arranged for choirs, NOT a re-setting of a well-known text or poem, and NOT a pale imitation of somebody else's work (Whitacre comes to mind as someone who is currently frequently imitated).
A related question: What percentage of "new" choral music in your field do you find actually "fresh" and "interesting" and "compelling" (your definitions)--even if not entirely appropriate or useful for your own group(s)? And would you be willing to share these definitions, as well?