Erik HoverstenPhoto courtesy Erik Hoversten Despite the “classical” training we may have, all of us in Threnody Ensemble spent our formative years playing in bands. The music we make now is inextricably linked to popular music. But because we record for a “new music” label and write pieces that surpass a certain threshold of complexity, […]
John ShiurbaPhoto courtesy John Shiurba Ahh, the great divide, oh to be forever clumsily straddling the great divide. My music not only exists precisely on that divide, but seems to be more or less about being there. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard comments like your stuff is too rock for the […]
Young musicians and listeners today are increasingly sophisticated and open-eared. They don’t care much about what music is called. They care about how it sounds.
Christopher RousePhoto by Alex Irvin, courtesy Aspen Music Festival I think the Pulitzer can have a variety of effects on a career. In my own case, I don’t believe it changed much; the number of commissions and performances of my music have remained about the same in my pre-Pulitzer and post-Pulitzer periods. However, I feel […]
Wayne Peterson“…My commissions have soared and everything I have written since that time has been published…” Christopher Rouse“…the number of commissions and performances of my music have remained about the same in my pre-Pulitzer and post-Pulitzer periods…” Charles Wuorinen“…as I look over the list of winners I am struck by how many of them have […]
Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Over the years, I have frequently bemoaned the fact that there is no Nobel Prize for Music. While only in my most musically zealous moments I’d claim that musical contributions are as significant as strides toward world peace, even in my soberest moments I know in my heart that […]
Adam SilvermanPhoto by Melissa Richard I used tell people at parties that I flew helicopters, even though I have never ridden in one and don’t know anything about piloting. But the story would draw people in, and by the time they discovered my lie, they would be primed to disbelieve the truth: that I write […]
Wayne PetersonPhoto by Jack McDonald, courtesy C. F. Peters Corp. Winning the Pulitzer has meant nothing for the piece that won. Back when Blomstedt was at the San Francisco Symphony, David Zinman conducted it and did a beautiful job. But they never did it again and nobody else has ever played it. It’s a very […]
Charles WuorinenPhoto by Bob Adler It’s hard to tell what the Pulitzer meant to my career. The only direct result of receiving the prize that I’m aware of came in the form of a modest commission for a string quartet from the Fine Arts Quartet, who (I believe) had formed the habit of requesting a […]
Reading through the list of Pulitzers, I’m struck by the rather orthodox view of American musical history it suggests.