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The History of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

BSO Commissions

The Boston Symphony Orchestra made its first commissions in honor of its 50th Anniversary season in 1930-1931, and renewed its commissioning activity periodically to mark milestone occasions. After the Centennial Celebration, commissioning became a regular part of programming, and the BSO continues to create a legacy of new works for its audiences.

Works are listed in rough chronological order by first BSO performance. Unless otherwise noted, all works were performed by the BSO.
* indicates world premiere
** indicated U.S. premiere

For a full list of BSO Commissions organized by composer's last name, or to do more in-depth research into our commissioning history, please click here to visit our performance search engine HENRY.

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