Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music

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Julia Wolfe has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the oratorio Anthracite Fields which premiered on April 26, 2014 in Philadelphia in a performance by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus.

2015-2016 Rome Prize Recipients Announced

Composers Nina C. Young and Christopher Cerrone

Composers Christopher Cerrone and Nina C. Young—along with 29 other artists and scholars—will be provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome.

In It to Win It: Lessons from the Long Game

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The music community is uniquely equipped with the kind of long-game thinking that it takes to make substantive policy changes. We have more power than we often imagine, even if it takes some time to see results.

Lost in Translation

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Unlike composing concert music, in film and advertising a composer is tasked with writing music the audience wants, but sometimes that audience has trouble parsing what it wants.

The Opposite of Brain Candy—Decoding Black MIDI

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“Black MIDI” refers to the moments in a piece where the notes, if displayed on a traditional two-stave piano score, are so dense that there appears to be just a mass of black noteheads. The increased density of notes also affects the computer, which is sometimes unable to process all of the notes within a particularly complex section. The goal of Black MIDI is to approach this processing failure without actually crossing that line.

Postcard from Pittsburgh: Contemporary Chamber Music Thrives in the Steel City

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Pittsburgh has more going on in new music, and the arts in general, than you would expect for its size (around 300,000 people in the city, and 2.4 million in the metro area). This is due in part to a high density of universities with good music programs, but new music events aren’t confined to the academic year. When summer comes and many cities offer little in the way of classical music besides orchestral pops, Pittsburgh has more modern sounds than you can shake a 4th of July sparkler at.

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