Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The prize

I was delighted to hear my friend Kevin Puts won this year's Pultizer in Music. I asked if he was the youngest, and he immediately said, "No, I'm 40! There have been younger, oh no, not me. Copland or someone." And it made me wonder WHO was the youngest.
Charles Wuorinen (and kitty)
Turns out, back in 1970, Charles Wuorinen was only 32 years old when he was awarded the prize (for Time's Encomium, an electronic composition written on commission from Nonesuch Records).
Next is Wynton Marsalis at age 36, and when they were 38, composers Gail Kubik (in 1952) and Aaron Jay Kernis (in 1998) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
There you have it.

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