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Guggenheim Fellowship Awards Announced for 2001

Results of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-seventh annual U.S. and Canadian competition were announced on April 12, 2001 by Foundation President Joel Conarroe. The year 2001 Fellowship winners include 183 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 2700 applicants for awards totaling $6,588,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors, […]

Oregon Symphony to Record American Repertoire

James DePreistPhoto courtesy of the Oregon Symphony The Oregon Symphony and its music director James DePreist are the recipients of a $1 million grant designated specifically for recording. The monies will be used to establish the Gretchen Brooks Recording Fund, named for its donor. The gift, which also recognizes DePreist’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra, […]

Tribute to John Lewis by Gunther Schuller

(This tribute was originally delivered by Mr. Schuller at the Memorial Service held for Mr. Lewis at Riverside Church in Manhattan on April 17, 2001) It was on a winter evening in 1947, on a day when New York City was visited by one of the greatest blizzards in its entire history, that I met […]

Soundtracks: May 2001

I was going to organize this month’s SoundTracks around the subject of composers and conductors, but I got distracted (chalk it up to spring fever). Remember that silly game, a few years back, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” Well, I got to playing that with the CDs. Take Tan Dun’s soundtrack for Crouching Tiger, Hidden […]

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 […]