John Corigliano won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in music yesterday (April 16) for his “Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra.” The winning piece was a rearrangement of a string quartet he wrote in 1995. The American composer, 63, has written dozens of orchestral, chamber, and operatic works in his four-decade career and has picked up numerous awards, including an Oscar in 2000 for his film score to “The Red Violin,” available on Sony Classical.
Corigliano said he’s been passed over so many times for the Pulitzer for his other works that he had prepared himself for another rejection. “I was already annoyed at the Pulitzer people,” he said. Then he got the call from his publisher, and all was forgiven. “I said… ‘What am I going to do with all this anger?'”
Others honored with a 2001 Pulitzer Prize were “Wonder Boys” author Michale Chabon (fiction/”The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”), author David Auburn (drama/”Proof”), author David Levering Lewis (biography/”W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1868-1994″), author Joseph J. Ellis (history/”Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation”), poet Stephen Dunn (poetry/”Different Hours”), and author Herbert P. Bix (general nonfiction/”Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan”).
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