Jennifer Higdon: A Composer’s Take on Popularity

WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: Figuring out what ends up in the repertoire is difficult. My most popular piece has had about 400 performances. Why? Maybe it’s the right length? The right tone? It’s a very personal piece for me and maybe people can tell. It’s also popular maybe because it’s not so difficult so lots of people can perform it. I’m not sure you can replicate qualities that make something popular. I’m not all that interesting to try to repeat “success”. Popularity doesn’t often happen for a contemporary piece, so I’m not really thinking about how to make something popular.


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