Composer nets $100 grand

Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize by Northwestern University.

What’s in it for the cat?

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  • What is this, a drive to make her the wealthiest composer on the planet? Couldn’t they find someone actually deserving of it? Libby Larsen, whom she has copied completely? Or someone with no place to live?

    • I guess this is one of those prizes famous people get for being famous, like the Birgit Nilsson prize… oh well, good for her.

      (Also it seems to me that, like competitions, foundations like being able to say “past recipients include” followed by a string of famous names, probably to show their acumen in selecting winners)

      • That reminds me of ex-contrabassonist David Milwaukie’s “From Where I Sh*t”, the study about music prizes being awarded for the ugliest pieces ever written and thus shared around in the orchestral circuit, which he had to play against all common and musical sense, adding his instrumental noises to the whole. These players never learn about their own time!


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