Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize Pop-Up Festival

Celebrating the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Composer

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Monday, April 15, the Pulitzer Prize committee awarded its 2013 music prize to the 30-year-old, New York-based composer Caroline Shaw. Q2 Music marks this remarkable achievement with a mini pop-up festival spotlighting her varied appearances not only as composer but also as vocalist and violinist. 

Better known for her work as vocalist-composer with the a cappella ensemble Roomful of Teeth and as violinist with the fiercely progressive American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Greenville, NC-raised Shaw has been a consistent fixture – if often in an accompanying role – on the New York new music scene. 

This playlist emphasizes the breadth of her contributions to contemporary music with not only the entirety of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices written for Roomful of Teeth, but also her work as vocalist on the recent recording of David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe's oratorio Shelter. We also hear her performances with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble of Osvaldo Golijov's Tenebrae and Steve Reich's Triple Quartet. 

Enjoy an on-demand stream of three of four movements of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices, recorded live on Feb. 25, 2012 at Kaufman Music Center's Ecstatic Music Festival:

Partita for 8 Voices: Allemande

Partita for 8 Voices: Sarabande

Partita for 8 Voices: Passacaglia

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