What do you feel should be the requirements for a composer to be included in the Grove? Carla Scaletti



I view inclusion in the Grove dictionary as a recognition that is, like any other award, valuable only to the extent that it paves the way for you to do your chosen work. Awards are, of course, political and geography/social class dependent. We all know that. If there is an award that could draw attention to your work (and result in more commissions or more opportunities for you to do interesting projects) then it is worth vying for that award purely for its desirable side-effect. But the moment you start thinking that an award is a validation of your work is the moment that you start mistaking the means for the ends.