Monday, October 23, 2006

Composers Wernick and Harrison honored

NewMusicBox reports that the Classical Recording Foundation named Richard Wernick "Composer of the Year" at a fifth annual awards ceremony on October 10. NewMusicBox explains, "An influential composer and longtime composition professor at the University of Pennsylvania (1968-1996), Wernick (b. 1932) is the only ever two-time first-prize recipient of the Friedheim Award and was given the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1977 for his composition, Visions of Terror and Wonder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra." The same source also reports that another composer, Michael Harrison, received the 2006 Classical Recording Foundation Award. Philip Glass was the presenter.

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