Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It's about time

A hearty "Congratulations!" to Steve Reich on his long overdue Pulitzer win. I have yet to hear the piece in question, but as with the Oscars, the Pulitzer isn't really for the piece that got the nomination, is it? This is a belated but still welcome lifetime achievement award that goes back to Music for 18 Musicians and Tehillim, masterpieces I could listen to until the day I die without getting sick of them, and earlier works that helped to redefine the experience of musical time. May the younger composers – of all ages – who followed in his considerable wake someday reap rewards so rich.

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