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Anthony Davis wins 2020 Pulitzer

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I would really like to hear this. I quite enjoyed both X and Tania - although in neither case, immediately or even almost immediately. I took a while to get "familiar" with both of them musically. But once the door cracked open, it didn't blow back shut, quite the opposite. Tania in particular...what a trip!

Oh, Amistad - just ordered it. Have heard nothing about it, maybe it sucks? But oh well, lots of interesting music sucks!

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1 hour ago, JSngry said:

 

Oh, Amistad - just ordered it. Have heard nothing about it, maybe it sucks? But oh well, lots of interesting music sucks!

I reviewed  the premiere of ”Amistad” in Chicago in 1997. I can’t believe that was 23 years ago! It had issues dramatically—the libretto was too long, wordy, unfocused. Musically, it was more successful, especially in terms of the orchestra; vocally it was more inconsistent, and you could feel Davis still getting a handle on setting text and creating a lyric vocal line within his language. But I think you’ll like it, particularly if you know his other work across idioms.

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BTW, here’s the jury for this year’s music prize as listed at Pulutzer.org

William C. Banfield (Chair)

Professor of Liberal Arts & Africana Studies, Music and Society, Berklee College of Music

Jon Batiste

Bandleader/Musician, New York City

David Bloom

Conductor; Co-Artistic Director, Contemporaneous

Kevin Puts*

Professor of Composition, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

William Trafka

Former Director of Music, St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City

*past Pulitzer winner

 

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What is Jon Batiste up to that is Pulitzer-worthy? I only know him from Treme, Colbert, and the random thing or two that seem to sound more "feel-good-y" than actually felt good (t me, anyway). Is he up to something big?

Oh, I see, he's on the jury, not a recipient. Never mind, I guess?

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