Boston Symphony to perform 6 Harbison Symphonies

Harbison the symphonist, on Sibelius and dreams

By Jeremy Eichler
Globe Staff / October 10, 2010

(Stu Rosner/File 2003)

Writing symphonies is a daunting task for any living composer, as it means walking in the shadows of the giants of music’s past. John Harbison has composed five symphonies, and over the course of this season and next, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform a complete Harbison symphony cycle. The BSO has also commissioned the composer to write a sixth symphony, which he has just begun.   To read the story, go to

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