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 […]
Ellen Taaffe ZwilichPhoto by Andrew Sacks It’s a shame that my teacher Roger Sessions‘s work was not recognized with a Pulitzer until he was in his 80s. I was very lucky in that when I received the award I was young enough to get a good kick out of it and felt that I still […]
Reading through the list of Pulitzers, I’m struck by the rather orthodox view of American musical history it suggests.
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 […]
Milton Babbitt“…in all the many years of listening to…public stations, I have not heard a note of the most influential music of the 20th century…” Andrew Litton“Sometimes I awaken to my own voice when WRR plays one of our ads, which is extremely frightening.” Steve Metcalf“As a child of the ’50s, I have a romantic […]
Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard This month marks the one-year anniversary of NewMusicBox and I am thrilled to say that it has been extremely successful thus far. When we launched our first issue a year ago, we had a little bit more than 5000 user sessions to the site. Not bad for a start-up, […]
Jennifer UndercoflerPhoto by Brian Krinke Lately, it has gotten so that almost every time I turn in to my local classical music station, I feel as if I have been transported back to a very shiny version of the eighteenth century. Now, it’s not any secret to me that this public radio station is hoping […]
Milton BabbittPhoto courtesy C.F. Peters Corp. I turn on the radio every morning and every night. But more often that not, I turn it off and put on a CD because in all the many years of listening to some half-dozen public stations, I have not heard a note of the most influential music of […]
Is there a sustainable place on the airwaves for music other than the Top 40 Pop or Classical hits?
Andrew LittonPhoto by Steven J. Sherman, courtesy Aleba Gartner I keep my clock radio tuned to Dallas’ classical music station, WRR-FM, the oldest radio station in Texas, and occasionally wake up to music that may trigger some programming ideas. At least, that is my excuse for delaying getting out of bed! I mean, one has […]