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The Pulitzer Prizes


Four Barlow Commissioned Pieces Recognized by the Pulitzer Prizes

Over the years, many composers who were commissioned by the Barlow Endowment have either won a Pulitzer Prize or have been Pulitzer Prize finalists.

Four of the afore-mentioned composers received recognition from the Pulitzer Prizes with the same piece that the Barlow Endowment commissioned. Pulitzer prize winners include Melinda Wagner in 1999 for Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion which premiered in 1997. Pulitzer Prize finalists include Harold Meltzer in 2009 for his piece Brion, which premiered in 2008; Stephen Hartke in 2008 for his piece Meanwhile, which premiered in 2007, and Joan Tower in 1993 for Concerto for Violin, which premiered in 1992.

Below is a complete least of all other Barlow commission recipients who have either won a Pulitzer Prize, or were considered as a finalist.

2012 Kevin Puts Silent Night: Opera in 2 acts
2011 Zhou Long Snake
2005 Steven Stucky Second Concerto for Orchestra
2004 Paul Moravec Tempest Fantasy
1999 Melinda Wagner Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion*
*1997 Barlow Endowment Commission
1998 Aaron Kernis String Quartet #2 (musica instrumentalis)
1994 Gunther Schuller Of Reminiscences and Reflections
1993 Christopher Rouse Trombone Concerto
1988 William Bolcom 12 New Etudes for Piano
1987 John Harbison The Flight Into Egypt
1984 Bernard Rands “Canti del Sole” for Tenor and Orchestra
1979 Joseph Schwantner Aftertones of Infinity
1978 Michael Colgrass Deja Vu for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra
1975 Dominick Argento From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
1971 Mario Davidovsky Synchronisms No. 6 for Piano and Electronic Sound
1970 Charles Wuorinen Time’s Encomium
2018 Ted Hearne Sound from the Bench
2013 Aaron Kernis Pieces of Winter Sky
2012 Andrew Norman The Companion Guide to Rome
2011 Zohn-Muldoon Ricardo Comala
2009 Harold Meltzer Brion*
*Brion was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment in 2004 and made its premiere in 2008. 
2008 Stephen Hartke Meanwhile** 
**Meanwhile was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment in 2004 and made its premiere in 2007.
2007 Augusta Read Thomas Astral Canticle
2006 Chen Yi Si Ji (Four Seasons)
2002 David Rakowski Ten of a Kind (Symphony No.2)
2001 Stephen Hartke Tituli
1999 David Rakowski Persistent Memory
1999 Steven Stucky Concerto for Orchestra
1994 Aaron Kernis Still Movement with Hymn
1994 Charles Wuorinen Microsymphony
1993 Joan Tower Concerto for Violin***
***Concerto for Violin was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment in 1988 and made its premiere in 1992.
1988 Gunther Schuller Concerto For String Quartet and Orchestra
1985 William Bolcom Songs of Innocence and Experience
1980 Lukas Foss Quintets for Orchestra