John Luther Adams’ "Become Ocean" has won the music category of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize.
The Alaskan composer’s winning work was described by judges as “a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.”
The Seattle Symphony originally commissioned “Become Ocean” and gave it a world premiere on June 20, 2013.
Other finalists for the music prize were Christopher Cerrone for his opera "Invisible Cities,” and John Adams (no relation) for his oratorio "The Gospel According to the Other Mary.”
Pulitzers are handed out each year by Columbia University on the recommendation of a panel of distinguished journalists and others.