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Who are the living composers or contempories right now? roger Sessions (1896-1985) and Roy Harris (1898-1979) and leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) may come to mind. As well as John Harbison, Richard Wernick, Christopher Rouse, Richard Danielpour and John Corigliano who as of now are still living. Paul McCarthy (yes the fromer Beetle) have all written classical music. Many orchestras and ensembles have played their music. Some stations do play thier music. Some have written film music. Are composers apreciated in their lifetime?
Harbison and Wernick have wrote string quartets. Harbison's 2nd quartet adn Wernick's 4th string quartet were on a CD wiht Gunther Schuller's 3rd String Quartet By the Emerson String Quartet on the Deutche Grammophone lable which was released in 1993. It has recently been reissued. Rouse and Danilpour wrote Cello concertos which was on an ablum wiht Yoyo Ma and the Philadelphia Orchestra which was released in 1996.
The Emerson Quartet is an American ensemble named for Ralph Waldo Emerson. They play music of Contemoporariy and traditional classical composers.