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Julia Wolfe ’86 MM wins Pulitzer Prize in Music

Julia Wolfe | Photo by Peter Serling

 

Julia Wolfe ’86 MM has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her piece Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the twentieth century.” The piece was commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia through Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program.

The Mendelssohn Club and the Bang on a Can All-Stars premiered the work in Philadelphia 2014. The piece was later included in the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY Phil Biennial festival.

Wolfe, a co-founder of Bang on a Can, is the second composer from the group to win a Pulitzer. David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA, another co-founder, won in 2008 for The Little Match Girl Passion. Wolfe’s piece Steel Hammer was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. MORE

Published April 21, 2015
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Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA named finalist for Pulitzer Prize

cerroneComposition graduate Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA was recently named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music. John Luther Adams won the prize for his composition Become Ocean; the other finalist was John Adams, for The Gospel According to the Other Mary. 

Cerrone was recognized as a finalist for his opera Invisible Cities. The citation read, “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE

Published April 21, 2014
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Alumna Caroline Shaw wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Caroline Shaw '07MM

Caroline Shaw ’07MM

Caroline Shaw ’07 MM has been named the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music. She  receives the prestigious award for her “Partita for 8 Voices,” written for the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and released on New Amsterdam Records.

The award citation calls “Partita for 8 Voices” a “highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects.”

The Pulitzer Prize in Music is for a “distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.” MORE

Published April 15, 2013
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Kevin Puts ’96MM wins 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Yale School of Music graduate Kevin Puts ’96MM is the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera Silent Night, it was announced today.

The Pulitzer Prize in Music is awarded to a “distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.” This year’s citation read:

Awarded to Kevin Puts for Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12, 2011, a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart.

The opera’s libretto is by Mark Campbell and is based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, directed by Christian Carion and produced by Nord-Ouest Production. MORE

Published April 16, 2012
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New Music New Haven features Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner April 14

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will feature composer Yehudi Wyner, a graduate of Yale (’50BA, ’51BM, ’53MM) and a former professor at the Yale School of Music. On This Most Voluptuous Night, the piece featured on this concert, is scored for soprano, flute, horn, string quartet, and piano, and was written in 1982 for the composer’s wife.

Wyner’s music, writes the Boston Globe, “revels in the sheer physicality of performance and the rush of communicating with a live audience.” It is “vital and capacious, often finding fresh ways of wedding extremely visceral expression with a refined sense of craft.”

This concert will also present five pieces for unconventional chamber ensembles by up-and-coming composers: Justin Tierney’s Zephyrus for clarinet, viola, and harp; Andy Akiho’s LigNEouS for string quartet and marimba; Jordan Kuspa’s Hit the Spot for steel pan and string quartet; Hannah Lash’s Folksongs for piccolo, harp, and percussion; and Adrian Knight’s The Caligari Project for clarinet, viola, cello, accordion, piano, and percussion. Caligari Project was commissioned by the Red Light Ensemble for the film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari.

The New Music New Haven concert series is directed by Christopher Theofanidis. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 21, 2011
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Recording of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion nominated for Grammy

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David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion has already earned him a Pulitzer Prize in Music. Now a recording of the piece on Harmonia Mundi has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award. Nominated in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance, the recording features Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Theatre of Voices, conducted by Paul Hillier. The CD was released in July of 2009. David Lang, a graduate of the School of Music, became a member of the composition faculty in 2008.

Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, The Little Match Girl Passion was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The work sets Hans Christian Andersen’s fable in the format of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. According to publicity materials for the recording, Lang elevates the suffering of the little match girl with poignant, evocative music. MORE

Published December 15, 2009
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