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From Hammered! at Q2


Keith Jarrett

“[DISCLAIMER] Before you get all worked up about academic elitism and aesthetic biases and the like, know that we don’t unequivocally agree with the process for choosing the recipients for the Pulitzer Prize in music, nor do we unequivocally agree on the recipients themselves. We don’t unequivocally disagree either. We’re just saying that, like the Academy Awards, a survey of winners and nominees for arguably our country’s most recognized honor in music presents a single, if narrow but possibly interesting, view of music in America [END]

And, yes yes, it affords an opportunity to play Mario Davidovsky’s 1971 Prize-winning Synchronism no.6 for piano and electronic sound, which whether you accept the value of the Pulitzer Prize or not, is an awesome piece of music.

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Mario Davidovsky

So we’re filling out the week on Hammered! with piano music — concerto and solo — by Pulitzer Prize winners and, sometimes more interestingly, Pulitzer runners up (if I had a dollar for every time Steve Reich got second place for this prize, I’d be … three dollars richer). With so many great options in the last decade or so, most of the music this week is less than 15 years old with the exception of Monday’s show, which serves a similar purpose to those Academy Award Show retrospective montages.

So Monday we’ll hear some old school Prize-winners: the above mentioned Synchronism no.6 by Davidovsky, the Three-Page Sonata by Charles Ives (who won in 1947 for his Third Symphony), and the remarkable Variations for Piano by a young Aaron Copland (winner in 1945 for, you guessed it, Appalachian Spring). We’ll close out the hour with a more recent recipient, 2003 Prize-winner John Adams’ Century Rolls, a piano concerto that was actually a runner up for the Prize in 1998. We’ll close out the hour with a more recent recipient, 2003 Prize-winner John Adams’ Century Rolls, a piano concerto that was actually a runner up for the Prize in 1998.

We also have works by Charles Wuorinen, Steve Reich, William Bolcolm, Don Byron, Yehudi Wyner, Stephen Hartke, and many more. ”

I know it is Tuesday and this was Monday’s offering; but I spent Monday on a plane4 back from L.A. At the web page you will find the wonderful audio stream.

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