Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Grawemeyer to van der Aa

Michel van der Aa wins the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Musical Composition, for his Up-Close, which evidently hasn't been played in the US yet. Has it been recorded?

WQXR's Q2 branch sends a weekly newletter, and this week they say that van der Aa is the second consecutive Dutch composer to win this prize. Oh, people, please copy-edit and fact-check these statements a little more carefully. Here are the last three winners:

2013 - Michel van der Aa
2012 - Esa-Pekka Salonen
2011 - Louis Andriessen

I know why this happened; the Grawemeyer web page lists winners from 2011 backwards and apparently hasn't updated to include Salonen's prize. But that means Q2 didn't notice the gap from 2011 to 2013.

Update: Fixed typo in the 2011 winner's name; h/t Zwölftöner for catching the error. See the comments for other interesting remarks. Also, Q2's story has been corrected on line.


Anonymous said...

As you highlighted yesterday for Tanglewood, where are women?

Lisa Hirsch said...

Excellent question. I think Saariaho's win, for L'amour de Loin, was the last by a woman.

Zwölftöner said...

On the subject of correctitude, it's 'Andriessen'!

Nice Tanglewood post btw.

Eric G said...

It has been recorded. van der Aa started his own label called Disquiet, and a performance is available on DVD commercially.