Pulitzer Prize / Music

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The Pulitzer Prize for Music was first awarded in 1943. Joseph Pulitzer originally had no such award, but scholarships were awarded for outstanding musical achievements and compositions. The scholarships were then converted to a separate award, "for remarkable musical compositions of particular rank, by an American that premiered in the United States during the year."

Because the performance of the world premiere had to take place in the USA during the year in order to win the award, works of which there had not yet been recorded often won. As a result, the name was changed in 2004 to read: "For a remarkable musical performance by an American that premiered or was recorded in the United States during the year."


In 1965, jazz composer Duke Ellington was selected by the jury. However, the official committee refused to award the award and suspended the award. Ellington (67 years old at the time) commented, “Fate is kind to me. It doesn't want me to get famous too young. ”In 1999 Ellington received the Special Award posthumously.

In 1953, 1964 and 1981 there were also no winners.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Fritz Kaplan: Sour Note When will the Pulitzer Prize in music get it right?
  2. Biography ( Memento of the original from April 25, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on Jazz-Network.com @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.jazz-network.com
  3. Official website

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