News for Adams
- Nemmers Composition Prize for Oliver Knussen
[posted 25 April 2006]
The Northwestern University School of Music has awarded the British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen the 2006 Nemmers Composition Prize. It is the second time this biennial prize is given; in 2004 it was given to John Adams. Knussen receives a $100,000 purse and a residency at the Northwestern University School of Music. Also, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform one of Knussen's works in 2007–2008. The prize is given to "classical music composers of outstanding achievement who have significantly affected the field of composition". [Source: http://www.metoperafamily.org/]
Some important works of this very important American composer: Harmonium, Harmonielehre, Violin concerto, Grand pianola, Nixon in China (opera), Klinghofer (opera), Short ride on a fast machine, El dorado, Tromba lontana, Shaker loops, Fearful symmetries, The wound dresser, The chairman dances, Christian zeal and activity & Common tones in simple time.
(contributed by Ralph Barrocas - U.S.A. - <RBarrocasaol.com>)
John Adams also wrote the very moving “On the transmigration of Souls”, which is a kind of requiem/memorium for the 9/11 events. (Colin <colin.wright530ntlworld.com>.)