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Stephen Hartke

Stephen HartkePhoto by Dan Adair University of Southern California Professor Stephen Hartke wrote Tituli for The Hilliard Ensemble, who gave the first performance of the work in 1999 at the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Austria. The same ensemble gave the American premiere in January. The forty-minute piece is scored for five male singers, a violinist, […]

Hell Cafe

Nick Didkovsky demonstrates Hell CafePhoto courtesy of the composer Hell Cafe is constructed in a hierarchy. On the bottom level of the hierarchy are sound samples, pre-recorded using a drum machine and live musicians: Tyrone Henderson (voice), Anne LaBerge (flute), and Didkovsky himself (electric guitar). These pre-recorded samples were stored as .wav or .aiff files […]

Tan Dun Wins Academy Award

Tan DunPhoto by Steve Zaho Congratulations to Tan Dun for his “Best Score” Academy Award for the acclaimed Ang Lee film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Tan Dun’s soundtrack had already been honored with the British Academy Film Award for Best Original Score, the Los Angeles Critics Award, and the Gold Horse Award (Taiwan) for Best […]

Fred Lerdahl

Fred Lerdahl Photo by John Sheretz Columbia University Professor Fred Lerdahl composed Time After Time in the summer and fall of 2000 for the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and for Collage New Music. The two-movement work is approximately eighteen minutes long, and it is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano. “Both […]

John Corigliano Wins Pulitzer Prize

John CoriglianoPhoto by Julian Kreeger courtesy G. Schirmer John Corigliano has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Symphony No. 2. Commissioned by the Boston Symphony to commemorate the centenary of Symphony Hall, the work is an expansion of the string quartet the composer wrote for the farewell tour of the Cleveland Quartet, in […]

Cindy McTee

Cindy McTeePhoto by Angilee Wilkerson, UNT University of North Texas Professor Cindy McTee will use her Guggenheim Fellowship money to work on a “symphonic-length piece.” The piece will have four movements, the third of which will be a waltz. The waltz is not “old sounding,” Dr. McTee stressed, but it does “look back” to a […]

Music Library Association Awards Recognize American Music Scholars

Music Library Association At the annual meeting of the Music Library Association, held in New York, NY, the 2001 Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music was granted to Ruth A. Inman, Elizabeth Bergman Crist and Roberta Lindsey. The award endowment was established through a generous gift from Morton and Dena […]

Kevin Puts

Kevin PutsPhoto by Christian Steiner Kevin Puts is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Young Concert Artist‘s Composer in Residence. Dr. Puts will use his Guggenheim Fellowship to complete several orchestral commissions. He is writing a new piece for the American Composers Orchestra that will receive its premiere at Carnegie Hall […]

American Academy of Arts and Letters Elects Two New Composer Members

Composers Samuel Adler and Carlisle Floyd were two of fourteen newly elected American Academy of Arts and Letters Members announced on March 9, 2001 by Secretary of the Academy John Hollander. Other new members include artists Robert Mangold, Bruce Nauman, Dorothea Rockburne, Edward Ruscha, and Peter Voulkos; architect Peter Eisenman; and the writers M.H. Abrams, […]

Susan Youens

Susan YouensPhoto courtesy of S. Youens Notre Dame Professor of Musicology Professor Susen Youens is “thrilled” to have received one of the two Guggenheim Fellowships awarded to music scholars. The grant will allow her start a new book on the social history of the 19th-century German lied. “I’m interested in finding out about how nationalistic […]