Sunday, 8 March 2015
The Pulitzer Prize
This is a prize that I can never see myself winning.
The first obstacle is that I am not American. I admire a lot of American music and a few of my British heroes have spent a long time in America building their career. Neither am I closely linked to music in the U.S.A. This is not a problem; every region has its own prestigious prize intended for their own countrymen and women.
There certain expectations expected from a Pulitzer prize winner.
Last year, it was John Adams forty minute orchestral work based on a single note group, "Become Ocean". The year before, it was Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw a mixture of vocal exploration and repetitive music. And so on..you probably get the picture; you have to be in the America circle of composers and writing some form of repetitive music. I don't fit the bill...never mind.
But are you happy with this? Do you think that it should perhaps be more open, more varied?