John Luther Adams Receives the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Musical Composition
New York City (April 14, 2014) -- The 98th Annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama, and Music were announced on Monday by Columbia University. The prize in music was awarded for Become Ocean, by John Luther Adams, premiered last year by the Seattle Symphony with conductor Lodovic Morlot.
The New York Times reports:
The Pulitzer committee called Become Ocean a “haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.”
Mr. Adams, 61, said he composed the piece while on the Pacific coast in Mexico, but that it was also inspired by Alaska, where he lived for decades. “What I really hope is that the music now has become its own place,” he said of the work, which the Seattle Symphony will play on May 6 at Carnegie Hall.