Steven Stucky Wins Pulitzer PrizeSteven Stucky has won this years Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. The work was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2004 under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. The award comes with a cash prize of $10,000 and is for a "distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States during the year."
Stucky has written a nice follow-up article in American New Music website NewMusicBox (http://www.newmusicbox.org/news.nmbx?id=00484 ) describing his feelings at winning an award -
"At some time, most of us have cast a jaundiced eye on the Pulitzer Prize in music, muttering in one April or another (if only to ourselves) that the jury must have been crazy, that it's all "politics" anyway ..., and that, anyway, you can't compare works of art as if they were heifers at the county fair. So what to think if, suddenly, you win? "
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