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Paul Moravec: Mining Tonality for New Complexities

February 6, 2012

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer Discusses his Catalogue

Paul Moravec

With the attention Paul Moravec received after his Tempest Fantasy (2004) won the Pulitzer Prize for music, one might have hoped that this would have put to rest—once and for all—the tired dialectics suggesting that tonality and complexity, or intellectualism and accessibility, are somehow mutually opposed. But even if these canards persist in the conversation about new music, at least the prize fulfilled its function of bringing to the front ranks a composer heretofore quietly esteemed by connoisseurs. Read more

Source: Daniel Stephen Johnson/WQXR (New York)


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