The 1998 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Music

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For distinguished musical composition by an American in any of the larger forms including chamber, orchestral, choral, opera, song, dance, or other forms of musical theatre, which has had its first performance in the United States during the year, Five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Awarded to "String Quartet No. 2 (musica instrumentalis)" by Aaron Jay Kernis, premiered on January 10, 1998, at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, by The Lark Quartet.


Columbia University President George Rupp (left) presents Aaron Jay Kernis with the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Century Rolls" by John Adams, premiered on September 25, 1997, at Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, by The Cleveland Orchestra, and "Horntrio" by Yehudi Wyner, premiered on December 7, 1997, at several locations.