The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the Washington Monument in October 1992. The AIDS crisis is the subject of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1, "Of Rage And Remembrance." AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption AFP/AFP/Getty Images Deceptive Cadence Finding Nature, Rage And Humor In Modern American Symphonies August 29, 2013 The symphony is far from a dead art form. Critic Donald Rosenberg says dozens and dozens of notable symphonies have been written in recent decades by composers eager to stretch themselves in unanticipated — but affecting — directions.