Plenty of new music is premiered, but after the first performance many pieces are never heard again. Shamistha de Soysatalks with composers, programmers and commissioners about how to expand the life of new work, with co-commissions, tours, recordings and digital performances all part of the equation.

Simone Young and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Simone Young conducted the world premiere of Connor D’Netto’s Uncertain Planning in February 2021 as part of Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 50 Fanfares project. Photo © Nic Walker

A world premiere! The words excite curiosity and the sense of being a part of history; of perhaps being at the dawn of a masterpiece. A premiere also comes with a millstone of expectation – that performers will embrace it, that audiences will be amazed, and that the work will be critically acclaimed. We may even get...