KUSC’s Alan Chapman has a lot to say about music, but can he say it in 60 seconds? That’s the Chapman Challenge. We ask a question and Alan has a minute to answer it.
Today’s question comes from a listener named Trudy, who asks: “Did anybody ever finish Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony?”
A special inducement was made in 1928. To mark the centennial of Schubert’s death, the Columbia Graphophone Company sponsored a competition for the best completion of the Unfinished, but along the way, they changed the rules to allow composers to submit original symphonies. Apparently, they decided it was best to leave the Unfinished unfinished. The panel of judges included the Danish composer Carl Nielsen and the cash prize of $10,000 (about $145,000 in today’s dollars) went to the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg. And because of the monetary award his work was nicknamed the “Dollar Symphony.”
That’s today’s Chapman Challenge. Is there a question you’d like to have answered in 60 seconds? Send it to us at [email protected].