Double Sextet wins the Pulitzer!!

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(Above, Steve Reich talks to members of 8bb prior to the world premiere of Double Sextet at the University of Richmond on March 26, 2008.)

Steve Reich’s Double Sextet, a work commissioned and performed all over the world by 8bb, has won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for music. According to the panel of judges, it is “a major work that displays an ability to channel an initial burst of energy into a large-scale musical event, built with masterful control and consistently intriguing to the ear.”

This is the second year in a row that an 8bb-commissioned and premiered piece has been nominated (Stephen Hartke’s kickass Meanwhile was given that honor in 2008), but the first time a commission has won the coveted prize. We will be recording the work in September for Nonesuch Records, and that recording will hopefully be released in 2010.

Before that, you can learn about the piece on our website! Over in the projects part of our site there is a section named for the touring show that involves the Reich, The Only Moving Thing. There you will find program notes, an interview with Reich about the piece, blog entries (including videos), press highlights and a short excerpt from one of the early performances.

A very hearty congratulations to the fabulous Mr Reich on behalf of all us 8bb folks! And a hearty thank you to all of the co-commissioning partners who made this piece a reality: The Carnegie Hall Corporation, The Abe Fortas Memorial Fund of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Liverpool Cultural Company – European Capital of Culture 2008, The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond (our wonderful second home, where the premiere took place), Orange County Performing Arts Center, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – Music 08 Festival.

Update: NPR’s All Things Considered has a story on the Pulitzers this evening, which includes a short interview with Steve Reich and concludes with the last 30 seconds of 8bb playing Double Sextet.

by Tim

Comments (15)


Apr 20 2009

Yippee! Big congrats to you guys.

Aaron Egigian

Apr 20 2009

What splendid news. My congratulations!

Marc Geelhoed

Apr 20 2009

Woo-hoo! Hartke, Reich...who's next? It's too bad Schnittke is dead.

Tim Dunn

Apr 20 2009

The performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center was absolutely amazing. The audience was enthralled, and you made us very proud. Congratulations on a much deserved honor.

mike jolkovski

Apr 20 2009

Well done, well deserved. Congratulations to you all, I hope you take great satisfaction in this. You are now permitted to become insufferable megalomaniacs.


Apr 20 2009

Way cool!!! Congratulations!!!

Michael Sippey

Apr 20 2009

Congratulations! Can't wait for the recording!

Teddy Dean Boys

Apr 20 2009

Fantastic! When do we get to hear it again?

Jason Hoogerhyde

Apr 20 2009

Bravo, guys! What a great day for you and Steve Reich!! Looking forward to hearing the CD next year...

Kathy Panoff

Apr 20 2009

We are so thrilled to have been a part of this project. Congratulations to Steve and to you guys. xxookp

Jan Miyake

Apr 21 2009

I'm so excited I got to hear a (doubly) live peformance last Fall! Congrats!

Kyle Werner

Apr 21 2009

Yay!!!! It's about time!

jenny bilfield

Apr 21 2009

Thrilled for you guys! A superb match resulting in an enduring place in history. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving group of performers, or composer.

Alexander Kordzaia

Apr 23 2009

Congratulations from University of Richmond Orchestra, We are thrilled! Alexander

Charlie Jett

May 7 2009

8th BB always continues to amaze! Keep it up! You're on a roll!

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